The 22-year-old, who finished fourth in the WTA rankings, the best of his career, dedicated his first Grand Slam final to his paternal grandmother in an Instagram post.
“Five minutes before I entered the stadium, my grandmother lost her battle for life,” Tsitsipas wrote. A woman whose faith in life and will to give cannot be compared to anyone else I have met, it is important that there are more people like her in this world. Because people like her make you live. They make you dream.”
Tsitsipas is considered the heir to the three tennis giants, Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but after hearing the bad news, he said there are more important things in life than winning titles.
“Life is not about winning or losing,” he added. It’s about enjoying every moment in life, alone or with others. To live a life full of meaning, without misery or meanness. Raising cups and celebrating victories is one thing, but it is not everything.”