Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has quickly become a fan favorite at the Australian Open.
His easygoing nature and thoughtful intellect have endeared him to Aussie fans, who have hung on his every word, especially during his post-match on-field interviews, where his personality was most apparent.
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Tsitsipas has claimed it as his “home” grand slam throughout the tournament, given Melbourne’s large Greek community and climate similar to that of Greece.
So much so that he’s even attempted regular Aussie slang during his on-field interviews, the latest of which came after his win over Jiri Lehecka at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night, which he called a “fair dinkum”. ” agreement.
But he took his love for Australia – and his love for him – one step further in that same interview when he effectively asked famous Australian actor Margot Robbie on live TV.
Asked by Jim Courier about his love affair with his home away from home, Tsitsipas began listing some of the great things he loves about Australia, and soon named a particular Australian actress he adored.
“Australia is such an amazing country. I like a lot of Australian things; one of my favorite actresses is from Australia, Margot Robbie,” he said.
Courier stopped the 24-year-old to confirm exactly what he was saying.
“Are you pitching now? What is going on? Are you making an offer, what do we see here?” asked the courier.
“It would be nice to see her there,” Tsitsipas replied seriously.
Courier then pressed the tennis star again.
‘So you’re officially inviting Margot Robbie? I just want to be crystal clear here,” Courier said.
“Absolutely,” replied Tsitsipas.
“But that is not it. I like many things in Australia; the people are very hospitable – I’ve said that many times, I’ll keep saying it because it’s very true.
“I grew up in a place that is very similar in terms of conditions and lifestyle and I find that I feel at home when I’m here. It’s not too tropical, not too humid and I feel very much at home.
“I know that the French have the Roland Garros as their grand slam, the British Wimbledon, the Americans the US Open. For me, the Australian Open will always be my home grand slam. I feel very loved here.”
Tsitsipas also hinted several times during the tournament that he has his eye on a possible move to Down Under in the future, even calling on “any real estate agents or agencies” to give him a call.
While he didn’t promise to officially adopt Australia as his new homeland in the future, he made another huge pledge to use his Australian Open winnings to open a Victorian school for underprivileged children, if he holds the title and $2,975. would claim. million that goes with it.
“I’ve been investing heavily in charity lately, and I would hopefully one day like to win the Aussie Open and give every share of the prize money to build a school in Victoria, the state of education. I would like to do that,” Tsitsipas said.
“Let’s put tennis aside, because there are much more important things in life. I saw Victoria was the state of education and there’s an idea there for me that came to my mind and I saw how hard it is for many children around the world to go to school and get a good education which is important, because, you know, not all kids grow up privileged.
“So I would really like to give children here in this state the opportunity to build a school and provide them with free education and everything else.
“And to put it into words, that’s what Australia means to me.”