Stefanos Tsitsipas powers into 2021 Australian Open second round

Stefanos Tsitsipas powers into Australian Open second round

Stefanos Tsitsipas powers into Australian Open second round

Stefanos Tsitsipas took to Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park this evening, to play against French Gilles Simon.

This was the first time they played against each other.

In the brightest of yellow shirts and matching headband, Tsitsipas won 6-1 6-2 6-1.

"My level is good so far. I fell good with my service games, I’m returning really well so I think I get the upper hand from the beginning of a rally which gives me a lot of confidence," he said in his post match interview.

The 22-year-old will face Thanasi Kokkinakis next, who is being coached by Mark Philippoussis.

Philippoussis is an Australian retired tennis player of Greek and Italian descent. He turned professional in 1994. His greatest achievements are winning two Davis Cup titles with Australia in 1999 and 2003, winning the deciding rubber in the final of each.

"This is going to be ... I don’t know. I’ve known him for a long time, we’ve practised a lot of times, he’s a really nice guy but that won’t really matter on the court. I saw his match before, it seems like he’s in good shape. His game is there. Obviously I’ll take him seriously, every match in a Grand Slam is really important. Every match I try to put the best version of myself, the best Stefanos, out on the court," he added.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas relaunches limited edition souvlaki at Stalactites, to raise funds for Covid-19 relief

Yes, you will be smiling that much too when you try Stalactites’ limited edition ‘Tsitsipas Souvlaki’.

Melbourne’s famous Greek eatery Stalactites has once again teamed up with Greece’s star Stefanos Tsitsipas to re-launch their limited edition souvlaki.

100% of this year’s sales will assist those affected by COVID-19 and food insecurity.

The limited-edition souvlaki is available from today, Monday 1 February until Wednesday 24 February.

“I feel at home in Melbourne and I love being welcomed by the Greek community here. All throughout quarantine I’d been craving a Stalactites souvlaki so I’m excited to finally be here with my team and family,” Tsitsipas said.

Donations will be split amongst two charities –Melbourne based charity SecondBite and ‘Together for the Children’, a charity close to Tsitsipas’ heart back in Greece.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.