We’ve got our mate Stefanos Tsitsipas back at the Aussie Open, determined to win his first Grand Slam. With a global ranking of sixth, this 25-year-old Greek legend isn’t new to the Grand Slam final vibe, and he’s quite sure 2024 will be his best year yet.
The Aussie Open is like a second home to Tsitsipas, and he’s made it to the semi-finals four times, including in 2019.
On The AO Show podcast, he expressed his excitement about returning to the event where some of his biggest victories have taken place.
“Australia is one of my favourite places, my ‘home slam’ is right there,” Tsitsipas grinned. “It’s an amazing country with heaps of beauty, both on and off the court. Aussie fans are top-notch; they’ve always got my back, and it’s a blast playing in cities all around the country.”
While Tsitsipas has been ranked in the ATP top 10 since 2019, he still faces a lot of tough competition. As he explained, “Right now, a lot of legends are playing top-notch tennis. Figuring out how to beat these guys and climb up the rankings is probably the most challenging part of my tennis career.”
Tsitsipas believes 2024 will be his time to shine after a loss to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final.
“Maybe we can finally show our real potential, just once,” Tsitsipas cheekily said about the younger players. “I hope we can find a way to get there and start owning our own zone.”
As Tsitsipas looks at the Aussie Open as a fresh start, he reckons Australia is the perfect place for a reset.
“Every year is a chance for me to start anew. I’m always looking at how I can do more,” Tsitsipas said. “The first time I visited Australia, I felt how warm and friendly the people are. And let’s not forget the Greek community; they’re full of energy every year. Australia will always have a special place in my heart.”