Stefanos Tsitsipas says Paula Badosa’s presence in his life “helps a lot” and also revealed that the Spaniard changed his approach to the game. Tsitsipas, a two-time Grand Slam finalist, and former world No 2 Paula Badosa went public with their relationship in early June.
Over the last few months, Tsitsipas and Badosa both spoke several times about their desire to achieve their tennis goals together. “Her presence in my life helps me a lot. She has changed my approach to the game in a way that I never expected,” Tsitsipas told Kathimerini.
Tsitsipas on his tennis goals
Tsitsipas made it clear several years ago that he was aiming for Grand Slam titles and the world No 1 ranking.
Now at 25, Tsitsipas admits he still wants to achieve those goals but highlighted that now he is also looking at some other things. “I certainly think about it a lot, but the top isn’t everything. I was addicted to this target when I was younger and this deprived me of something.
This doesn’t mean that I’m not happy with what I have accomplished; I do want to improve as a player. But the key is finding a balance between your private life, building something with someone, and moving ahead in your career, with that person’s help,” Tsitsipas said.
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas confirmed that he has again parted ways with coach Mark Philippoussis. After moving on from Philippoussis just before the French Open, Tsitsipas returned Philippoussis to his coaching staff after Wimbledon.
But Tsitsipas didn’t enjoy much success during the North American hard court so he again decided to part ways with Philippoussis and work solely with his father Apostolos. “What we’d said with Mark was that we would do the American part of the season together, as a trial: Mexico, Cincinnati and the US Open. That partnership has ended and the baton is going back to my father,” Tsitsipas said.