Stefanos Tsitsipas Is Growing up and His Girlfriend Is Helping with That
Greek professional tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas needs no introduction. The 2019 ATP Finals champion currently has a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history.
He is also the youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), with seven ATP singles titles to his name.
During a recent interview with Vogue, Tsitsipas expressed that he is all grown up now and prefers not to be called a boy anymore — a man, maybe?
Parents' Involvement in His Life
In Vogue's August 2021 interview, the pro tennis star talked about attaining manhood and how his parents' involvement in his life bothered him in recent years.
Tsitsipas implied that with his growing age, he was also evolving into his own person, trying on new hobbies and habits to find out what suits him.
"I’m a grown-up now," the 23-year-old said. "I’m not a boy anymore. When I turned 21, I felt like, you know, things have changed."
The interview also brought into light his post-match press conference from last year, where Tsitsipas confessed that he sometimes felt like his parents were too involved in his life.
Surprisingly, his mother Julia Apostoli, a former professional tennis player, showed up at his next press conference and playfully tossed a question from the back row, saying,
Hi, Stef; now I’m following you to the press conference to make sure I’m aware how you feel.
Just in case you didn't know, Tsitsipas was born in a tennis family, with his mother being a former WTA player, while his father Apostolos Tsitsipas is trained as a tennis coach.
But with what Tsitsipas said, he wants his parents to be less concerned about him since he hopes to explore his life independently.
Finding Time for Graphic Design
While the former world No. 1 junior talked about trying new hobbies, he also shared one with the publication. He disclosed that he was finding time to get into graphic design and creating his own font.
Addressing how unusual it is for a professional athlete of his caliber to invest time in extracurricular talents and sundry passions, he said the growth in him starts from outside the tennis court, and "then it goes into my tennis."
Girlfriend Upgraded His Wardrobe
In between learning new things and performing day in day out on the tennis court, Tsitsipas also makes time for his girlfriend Theodora Petalas, a New York University alum.
Despite having a long-distance relationship, he credited his girlfriend, whom he has known for the last three years, for helping to pick new outfits for him.
"My wardrobe was quite weak, and I didn’t have a game there," he told Vogue. "I wanted to start dressing up a bit, so we tried to create an identity."
Now, with her help, he believes he has an improved wardrobe, filled with "earthy colors," not too flashy, and refined but youthful outfits.
He further said he had started investing more in fashion lately, with the help of his girlfriend, and that transition benefitted him a lot and made him feel better about himself.