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Stefanos Tsitsipas, a journey marked not only by his extraordinary talent on the court but by the tumultuous relationships that threatened to overshadow his once-promising career.
From whirlwind romances to public controversies, this is the story of a young athlete who found himself at a crossroads, torn between his passion for tennis and the love that both fueled his success and ultimately contributed to his downfall.
Just take a look at the results of Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas before and after he started dating Paula Badosa.
He moved from a seasoned top 5 player who could rival Djokovic and Nadal, to not even reaching the quarter-finals of any tournament.
Not making any assumptions, but it’s clear that the relationship had an impact on his training routine and his match preparation. Stefanos appears to be less agile, less alert and less powerful than before.
Furthermore, he seems to lack mental solidity and the will to fight in the matches and win.
Can Tsitsipas Bounce Back?
We’ve seen bad stories but there are definitely good examples of players that have found their path to success after multiple losses.
Nadal struggled all his career with injuries and every time he returned, he claimed several Grand Slam and Masters titles.
“People who claim that I am no longer focused on tennis? I train more than ever did in my career. I don’t want to prove anything to anyone, except to myself, to prove to myself that I am capable of regaining my level. I believe in it”
He added in another press conference:
“I am still on the right track. I haven’t given up yet. It takes years to mature as a dominant athlete. I really want to make my dream a reality one day. I dream that Paula and I will both be world number one.”
People Are Divided
While it’s obvious that Tsitsipas’s career is seeing a downfall, achieving poor results right after his love story began with Paula Badosa, people express different opinions.
Half of the population of tennis fans see that Stefanos is a hard-working player and that he is only going through a tough moment like any other sportsman. I mean he is still in the Top 10 having played a Grand Slam final this very year.
But the other half see it as an obvious result of him dating and posting his love story on social media.
Nobody knows the truth, even the status of his relationship and whether things are still going well. But the results speak for themselves and it’s surely going to take lots of time and failures before reaching the top spots again and winning more titles.