Stefanos Tsitsipas is 2 steps away from winning the first slam of his career and becoming the new world number 1. After beating the world no.71 Jiri Lehecka 6-3 7-62 6-4 In the Quarter, he announced that he would devolve all his prize money if he wins the Australian Open to develop education for children in Australia.
“I have recently been putting a lot in when it comes to charity, and I would love one day, hopefully, winning the Aussie Open and giving every portion of the prizemoney to build a school in Victoria, which is the state of education. I would like to do that,” Tsitsipas said during the on-court interview.
“Let’s put tennis to the side because there are a lot more important things in life. I saw Victoria was the state of education and there is an idea for me over there that came to my mind and I saw how difficult it is for a lot of kids around the world to go to school and get proper education which is important, because, you know, not all kids grow up privileged.
So I would really like to provide, give an opportunity to kids here in this state to build a school and provide them with free education and anything else. And to put it into words, that is what Australia means to me.”
Tsitsipas at the Australian Open, ranking, and results in 2023
Ranked world no.4, the Greek has achieved a 9-0 win-loss record in 2023. The Greek is playing at the moment at the Australian Open where he ousted the world no.61 Quentin Halys 6-3 6-4 7-66, the world no.169 Rinky Hijikata 6-3 6-0 6-2, the world no.63 Tallon Griekspoor 6-2 7-65 6-3, the world no.16 Jannik Sinner 6-4 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-3 and the world no.71 Jiri Lehecka 6-3 7-62 6-4.
Stefanos won 9 titles in his career: 4 on clay courts, 4 on indoor courts and 1 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Tsitsipas will compete next in Rotterdam (ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament). He will start the tournament from the main draw that will commence on the 13th of February.