STEFANOS TSITSIPAS is looking to win its first Grand Slam at the Australian Open.
The Greek had previously appeared at a French Open final where he painfully defeated by Novak Djokovic.
But this time, he has a secret weapon, his girlfriend Theodora Petalas.
Who is Theodora Petalas?
Theodora Petalas was born in Greece, but currently works in London as a junior strategist for a marketing and branding firm.
Before moving to the UK, she lived in the United States, where she studied at New York University.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in project management and technology.
Tsitsipas confirmed in 2021 that he started dating Petalas two years ago. It is believed that they met through family friends in New York.
The tennis player said: “I really liked her, but at that time I was very shy and did not express my feelings.
“But two years ago, again in New York, I asked her out.
“I asked her to come to Brooklyn to take some pictures and I think she liked it. I took some pictures, pictures that I love to this day.
However, the relationship is still far away and Petalas does not appear in Tsitsipas matches very often.
He said of the situation: “It was a bit difficult for us, because she lives in London. But fortunately, it didn’t take us to extremes.
“She goes to some tournaments to support me and so we can spend time together. She’s my best friend… We talk every day, for two or three years now. .”
Was Tsitsipas dating Maria Sakkari?
Tsitsipas and US Open semifinalist Maria Sakkari have known each other all their lives.
Their mothers are both tennis players in their own right, becoming friends at the age of 15.
The pair played together at the Hopman Cup in December 2018, beating a US team that included Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe.
While they have posted photos together on Instagram in the past, Tsitsipas has never dated Sakkari – although he has once hinted that he would.
As reported by Tennis Tonic, he said of Sakkari: “She is a very nice girl and a good character.
“I can date her but I’m not, I don’t know why.
“I used to be shy, now I’m more open. As I get older, I’m more mature and I know what I want.”
Following up on their Hopman Cup partnership, Sakkari told Sport 360: “He’s been an inspiration to me… He’s a player and an athlete that I’ll look after and take care of. it is very important for me to have him because if i am alone in travel (from greece).
“I had no one to take care of… Stefanos was a role model for us and for me.
“It’s good to look after another player from your country, and we’re only two. I think it’s a great thing and it’s great for our country.”
Like Tsitsipas, Sakkari is now considered her dating Constantine Mitsotakisson of the Prime Minister of Greece.
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