Greece’s tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is currently ranked number 10 in the world has finally met his idol former world number 1, Greek American tennis legend Pete Sampras.
Tstitsipas has posted the photo on his social media pages saying:
“That (dreaming) face you make when you meet the first guy that you’ve ever watched play tennis on TV. The person that made you want to go out at the tennis courts in the beach, made you dream about playing on all of the big stages and arenas around the world, winning trophies and titles, becoming an inspiration for others. Despite being at the end of his career, my childhood was filled with Pete Sampras matches and battles that I will never forget. This person has given me courage and eagerness to pursue my dream. A dream that felt insanely difficult to reach… it’s an honor to be standing next to you Pete. Thank you for filling my childhood with enthusiasm, hope, hard work ethic and an eager for me to play tennis in the first place. You are an inspiration up to this day, and I hope and inspiration for many generations to come.”
47-year-old Pete is regarded by many as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. A right-handed player with a single-handed backhand, his precise and powerful serve earned him the nickname “Pistol Pete”.