Stefanos Tsitsipas unveils Paula Badosa as the mystery coach behind Tsitsipas brothers doubles triumph

Stefanos Tsitsipas has always held up the champion’s trophy on center court with a crowd of cheering fans, while his beloved brother Petros has had only trials and no success. But for the first time after two and a half years of the Greek brothers’ partnership, both lifted the doubles European Open trophy in Antwerp after coming into the competition as unseeded qualifiers.

Furthermore, as Stefanos heads toward his 50th win of the season after defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Paris Masters, the Greek revealed that his girlfriend Paula Badosa was the coach behind him and his brother’s success at the European Open.

Tsitsipas spills the beans on unlikely doubles coach

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa have decided to continue deepening their professional relationship together. The two tennis stars have been nicknamed Tsitsidosa by fans and have always talked about the good they do for each other. A recent event proved that to be true.

Stefanos recently confirmed that his girlfriend Paula Badosa coached himself and his brother, Petro Tsitsipas in the victorious double title win at the European Open in Antwerp. The Greek brothers amazed the tennis world after coming into the tournament as unseeded qualifiers and defeated the No. 4 seeds Matwe Middelkoop and Andreas Mies en route to the final, where they toppled Ariel Behar and Adam Pavlasek 6-7 (5), 6-4, 10-8 for their first ATP doubles title.

Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals how Paula Badosa coached him and his brother: “Winning our first doubles title together [he and his brother at the European Open] meant so much for me, for him, for my parents that were there, for Paula who is our doubles coach. Not a lot of people know that, but she was the first person to spend 3 or 4 hours with us at the US Open, coaching us for the doubles. she was there along the way, preparing us for these kind of matches & being present.”

When Stefano Tsitsipas was asked what it felt like for him and his brother to win an ATP title, the Greek said, “I’ve won titles in my career, I wouldn’t compare it to anything in the world. That title means more to me than any other title that I’ve won in my entire life, any trophy that I’ve won. Seeing my brother so happy, It made me so happy as an older brother to help him through that.”

When did Stefanos Tsitsipas start dating Badosa

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa confirmed their relationship at the Wimbledon championship, after the couple almost partnered in the doubles. However, the Greek tennis star revealed that they started talking in Rome, during the Italian Open.

“I made a bet with myself. I said, ‘I’ll send Badosa a message if she wins her second round match in Rome’ and she was playing very well, so I thought ‘Hey I have a good chance of achieving that today,’ ” Tsitsipas said. “She did end up winning the match, so I kept my promise and I messaged her, ‘Congratulations,’ and I guess you can say, that’s how it started.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas opened up about how important his relationship is to him in an interview with ESTO at the Los Cabos Open tournament in Mexico. “I changed my life because Paula Badosa brought a bright light into it, and I did the same for her,” he said. “I’ll be completely honest; I’ve never been more excited about the future, both in my private life and in my professional life. I really want to make the most of it.”

Paula Badosa announced in October that she is back from a lengthy injury and has always been in the stands cheering Stefanos in the ongoing Rolex Paris Masters, as the Greek set to take Alexander Zverev for a place in the quarterfinals.

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