Greek tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas learnt of his grandmother's death five minutes before his match with Novak Djokovic at the French Open. The news no doubt would've made an impact and played a deciding role in his loss against Djokovic.
In a Facebook post Tsitsipas wrote:
"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.
"Five 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 for raising my father. Without him this wouldn't have been possible."
Life isn't about winning or losing. It's about enjoying every single moment in life whether that's alone or with others....
Greek City Times and fans around the world, wish Stefanos our sincerest condolences.
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