Julia Apostoli: A Mother's Pride and Tennis Journey

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Julia, the mother of Stefanos Tsitsipas, recently shared a heartwarming moment from her son's childhood that made her immensely proud as a mother.

"When you were small and you were very teeny, the boys at school or on court they could handle you easier than maybe you expected. And you were still there, you were still fighting. Closing little bit and that was maybe one of the reason you grew up into introvert," she said [at 5:30].

Reflecting on Stefanos' resilience and determination at a young age, she remembered a time when he was small and faced challenges from other boys in school and on the court. Despite these obstacles, Stefanos never gave up and continued to fight, even when things were tough. Julia believes that his perseverance during those early struggles may have contributed to his introverted nature as he grew up.

In a candid interview with Tennis Channel, Julia also opened up about her unexpected journey into the world of tennis. Originally planning to pursue diving, she found herself drawn to the sport after breaking her arm during diving lessons in Moscow. Disenchanted by the strictness of her diving coach, Julia made the courageous decision to switch to tennis, a sport that eventually shaped her life in ways she never anticipated.

Julia Apostoli, a former professional tennis player and gold medalist at the 1984 Friendship Games, shared her unique path to the world of tennis, highlighting the twists and turns that ultimately led her to become a pivotal figure in her son's career. Through her stories and experiences, Julia exemplifies the resilience and adaptability that have defined both her own journey and that of her son, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Greek had a tough start to his Italian Open campaign but won the contest against Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the third round of the tournament.

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