Greek Tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed on Monday that he learned of his grandmother's death just five minutes before his French Open final against Novak Djokovic.
The 22-year-old, who lost the French Open final, after pushing World No. 1 Djokovic in a 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 five-setter, dedicated his first Grand Slam final to her.
He took to Instagram to write about the tragedy, putting life in perspective.
‘Life isn't about winning or losing. It's about enjoying every single moment in life whether that's alone or with others. Living a meaningful life without misery and abjection. Lifting trophies and celebrating wins is something, but not everything. 5 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 raising my father. Without him this wouldn't have been possible,’ Tsitsipas wrote in a long post.
Tsitsipas is now all set to achieve a career-high ranking of No. 4 next week.