Stefanos Tsitsipas believes it was Greek meals that helped Naomi Osaka win the Australian Open in 2021
Stefanos Tsitsipas always got along pretty well Naomi OsakaSo we asked the Greek to share his feelings about the Japanese star's latest Grand Slam party in Melbourne. Osaka has now won four of the last six hard court majors and we asked the Greek after his day of double service at ABN Amro in Rotterdam if he was inspired by what she's achieved in recent years.
"I'm very proud of her," he told Tennis Now. “We keep in touch, we talk from time to time. She's a great person, even bigger on the tennis court. She has shown incredible tennis, most of the slams she shines in. "
Tsitsipas, who is in the semi-finals in Rotterdam and will face Andrey Rublev for a place in the finals, he says he's really excited to see Osaka make their dreams come true.
"I'm very happy for her, she's doing great. It's really nice to see that women's tennis is being adopted by such an inspiring, charming player like you. She has everything. She has the charm, she has the personality, that Game, so having players like her is really good for the game. "
But the Greek also wanted to make it clear that he knew the real reason Osaka triumphed in Australia last month: the souvlaki!
"I also like to think that she won the Australian Open because Souvlaki ate her the other day," said Tsitsipas with a smile on his face. “Not the other day when she played at the Australian Open. She apparently had Greek food and I'm just telling her one thing: I think it was all because of the Greek food. "
We asked @steftsitsipas what he thought of @naomiosaka's brilliant @AustralianOpen run and he's pretty sure Naomi won the one for the Greek food 🇬🇷
His answer which was fantastic 👇 pic.twitter.com/n1kIsTD9jJ
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