Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed early Monday morning on Instagram that he learned five minutes before his Roland Garros final against Novak Djokovic that his grandmother on his father’s side had passed away.
“Five minutes before entering the court my very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life. A wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to give and provide can’t be compared to any other human being that I have ever met,” Tsitsipas wrote. “It’s important to have more people like her in this world. Because people like her make you come alive. They make you dream.
“I would like to say that regardless of the day, circumstance or situation, this is entirely dedicated to her, and only her. Thank you for for raising my father. Without him this wouldn’t have been possible.”
Tsitsipas lost a tough five-setter against World No. 1 Djokovic. But in his Instagram post, the Greek put the loss in perspective.
“Life isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about enjoying every single moment in life whether that’s alone or with others,” Tsitsipas wrote. “[It is about] living a meaningful life without misery and abjection. Lifting trophies and celebrating wins is something, but not everything.”