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Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals he would ‘trade’ a Grand Slam title for the No.1 ranking

Stefanos Tsitsipas has admitted that he would rather become world No.1 than win a major title, as the Greek reunites with a former two-time Grand Slam finalist.

Tsitsipas is in Mexico this week for the ATP 250 event in Los Cabos, and spoke to El Universal Deportes about his desire to become the best player in the world.

“I’ll trade [a Grand Slam] for being No 1,” revealed the 24-year-old. “It is definitely something special, it is a sign that you have reached the maximum in your career, and I like it when you are able to maximize everything. This way, one day I will be able to tell my grandchildren that I have been No.1.”

Tsitsipas is currently ranked No.5 in the world and sits 4,375 points behind the current No.1 Carlos Alcaraz.

The Greek has previously been as high as No.3 in the world, with opportunities at both the Australian Open and US Open to take that top spot, but did not capitalise.

The Athens born star has also been in two Grand Slam finals, and was only one set away from the Roland Garros crown in 2021 before Novak Djokovic fought back.

Tsitsipas is the No.1 seed at the Los Cabos Open and was spotted with former coach Mark Philippoussis, who he had previously split from back in May.

He is also coached by his father Apostolos and gave this reasoning for the working relationship coming to an end, “It’s never easy having two coaches on the court.”

Tsitsipas continued, “I know they are there to help and give the best they can, and provide for me, but sometimes it can get quite kind of hectic having two coaches share opinions.

“I’m at a phase of my career in life where I need one coach that can provide all the information, all the analysis, all of the things that I’m looking for to improve my game. Less is more, in my opinion.”

However, it appears that the Stefanos Tsitsipas-Mark Philippoussis partnership has not completely concluded, as the Greek looks forward to his semi-final contest with Borna Coric.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.