Stefanos Tsitsipas Roland Garros 2021

Stefanos Tsitsipas lost grandmother minutes before French Open final

Stefanos Tsitsipas learned of the loss of his grandmother just minutes before his French Open final defeat to Novak Djokovic.

The Greek star raced into a two set lead before the Serbian battled back to win in five sets _______ and deny Tsitsipas his first Grand Slam victory.

In a post on social media following his defeat, the 22-year-old said he learned of his grandmother’s passing just five minutes before he stepped onto court.

“Life isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about enjoying every single moment in life whether that’s alone or with others,” said the Greek.

“Living a meaningful life without misery and abjection. Lifting trophies and celebrating wins is something, but not everything.

“Five minutes before entering the court my very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life. A wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to give and provide can’t be compared to any other human being that I have ever met.

“It’s important to have more people like her in this world. Because people like her make you come alive. They make you dream. I would like to say that regardless of the day, circumstance or situation, this is entirely dedicated to her, and only her.

“Thank you for for raising my father. Without him this wouldn’t have been possible.”

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