"A lot of people have a crush on him" - Venus Williams on if she'd be interested in coaching Stefanos Tsitsipas
Turning pro in 2016, Stefanos Tsitsipas didn't take long before establishing himself as a contender for every tournament that he played. At the age of just 20, he became the first Greek tennis player to break into the ATP top-10 rankings in March 2019.
The nine singles titles that the recently-turned 24-year-old has won so far include the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, two Monte-Carlo Masters, and six ATP 250 tournaments. On the only occasion that the Greek reached a Grand Slam final at the 2021 French Open, he lost to 21-time Major champion Novak Djokovic after leading by two sets to love.
Often lauded by the greats of the game, Tsitsipas recently earned the praise of Venus Williams. In a Q&A session with fans on Instagram, the seven-time Grand Slam champion answered a plethora of tennis-related questions from fans all over the world.
When someone asked her whether she would be interested in coaching Tsitsipas after retirement, the 42-year-old had this to say:
"I find a lot of people have a crush on him. But I'm just assuming you want me to coach someone with a great game," Williams replied.
Williams often engages with her fans through Instagram and her witty answers are always entertaining. Answering another question from a fan who asked her about her least favorite tennis shot, the American decided not to let her rivals on the tour take advantage while she was still an active player.
"Something basic. But I can't give my opponents any clues. Haha," Williams said.
Meanwhile, Tsitsipas is currently though to the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, taking down American John Isner in three sets.