Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed he learned of his grandmother’s death five minutes before his French Open loss on Monday in a heart-breaking Instagram post.
Tsitsipas was overcome by emotion during the trophy presentation and took to social media to explain the tragic news he was dealt before the match.
“Life isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about enjoying every single moment in life whether that’s alone or with others. Living a meaningful life without misery and abjection. Lifting trophies and celebrating wins is something, but not everything,” he wrote.
“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.
“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,” he added.
He said earlier to media he had “no regrets and no tears” after seeing Novak Djokovic overturn a two-set deficit to win the French Open.
Djokovic’s 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win gave him a 19th Grand Slam title.