Stefanos Tsitsipas has called father-coach Apostolos an efficient Swiss army knife who does it all on the Greek seed’s team.

After completing his first career comeback from two sets to love down for a win over  Spaniard Jaime Munar to reach the Roland Garros second round, fifth seed Tsitsipas was brimming with fresh confidence.

And he welcomed the return of his athletic, silver-haired father, who was absent a week ago from the Rome event where Tsitsipas lost his opening match to Italian Jannik Sinner.

“My father serves, he’s like a Swiss (army) knife. He has a lot of important roles around me,” Tsitsipas said after advancing to the Paris second round. 

Roland Garros Paris French Open 2020 Day 3 290920 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) first round match Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“He knows me the best, and we share a great relationship. I know I have been hard with him sometimes on court, and I’m trying to change that. “

The often hot-headed Greek player won’t hesitate to chastise his dad sitting in the player box during times of match frustration – but that habit is one he is working to change.

“Some of my behaviour on court has been a bit unacceptable, and I would totally agree with that. I’m trying to respect what he’s doing. 

“I think he respects what I’m doing. Our relationship is very unique and special”
The pair have been together in tennis from the start, with the professionally trained Apostolos starting as his son’s physio.

“Back when I played challengers, he would treat me after my matches, do fitness to me before tournaments,”

The 22-year-old called his father “my coach, psychologist, philosopher. He’s a funny guy. I like having him around.”


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