When not wielding a tennis racquet, Stefanos Tsitsipas often finds himself drawn to photography. It’s another medium to express his artistic side and the flamboyant Greek player has gained quite a reputation for his vlogs on the tour.
The 22-year-old, touted as one of the hottest young talents on the tennis tour, said that during the pandemic, with the tour shut down for five months due to Coronavirus, it also helped him financially.
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“It is always fun to do many different separate things and not just focus on just one thing. It’s also great that I can finally make kind of a living from my photography,” Tsitsipas said after his 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson in the second round of the Western & Southern Open in New York on Sunday.
“You know, this has enabled so many things for me. In the beginning it started as a hobby, and now it’s kind of helping me financially, I would say, something that I have on the side, so it’s quite great for the moment.
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“I have sold some of my photos. I have done some work for some clients or small businesses and companies, of course when I have free time.
“I don’t do this in front of my tennis. But during quarantine I got asked by a few companies and a few small businesses to do some promo for them. I’m really excited to be doing stuff like this. It enables for my creation to expand further. It’s a problem-solving situation for me.”
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Playing his first competitive match in more than five months, Tsitsipas was surprisingly smooth off the blocks. He saved all three break points he faced and took only 69 minutes to send off Anderson.
“Doesn’t really make, I guess, a huge difference when you have no fans watching the match,” said the 2019 ATP Tour Finals winner on playing in front of empty stands.
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“Of course it’s quite different. You know, you’re not used to playing Cincinnati at the US Open. You’re thinking, am I playing US Open? But you’re actually playing Cincinnati. So that’s something different.”