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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 26 January 2019
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019 SPORT DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Tsitsipo mania mania alive in Melbourne! T Smiles all round! Fans (L-R) Ellia Tsamourtzis, Anasia Dassios, and Starsi Tsamourtzis. sitsipomania, as it has been dubbed, is alive and well in Melbourne. A sea of blue and white has been following the 20-year-old through each round of the Australian Open, with groups of both young and old fans proudly turning out and rallying behind the promising young star with their Greek flags and signs to show their support. Neos Kosmos' readers got in touch with their photos of support, showing the joy that Tsistipas' success is bringing to local fans. Meanwhile, when it Vice-President of the Australian Parthenon Committee, Elly Symons (C) with a group of young fans at the Australian Open. comes to Tsitsipas, along with his success thus far, there has been a lot of talk about souvlaki. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, manager of the popular Greek eatery Stalactites, Nicole Papasavvas said that if Tsitsipas' impressive performance continues through the final rounds of the grand slam that they would pay tribute by naming a souvlaki in his honour. Despite his loss to Nadal, however, his amazing game may earn him souvlaki honours yet. The 20-year-old even had the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia on his side. On Wednesday, the Archdiocese's central offices in Sydney released an official statement warmly addressed "To our beloved child Stefanos" and went on to wish him the "very best" for Thursday's match."May God strengthen you; bless your life and all your endeavours," the statement concluded. Have you been cheering on Tsitsipas during his Australian Open campaign or do you have photos from any other event to share with us? To be featured in Neos Kosmos, send your photos and videos to anastasia@ neoskosmos.com.au Members of Melbourne University’s Greek Association (L-R) Themistocles Kritikakos and Nicky Bazzano. Themistocles has attended three of Tsitsipas’ matches so far! Tsitsipas defeated, deflated, dashed: Nadal ‘makes you play bad’ The 20-year-old hailed as the next big star of tennis following his victory against Roger Federer was deflated following the crushing defeat to Rafael Nadal in just three sets, 2-6, 4-6, 0-5. Sitting at the press conference after an amazing week of highs, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas spoke with his chin slumped to his hands, finding little consolation in the recognition that he had received for having come so far in the Australian Open. "Honestly, I have no idea what I can take from that match. “It felt like a different dimension of tennis completely. He has this talent that no other player has. He makes you play bad. That's definitely not the way I wanted to leave from the tournament," said the 20-year-old. "I did play a good match in Toronto against him. I had my hopes high for the next time. I remember saying to myself, 'I'm going to beat this guy next time'. That's why I'm so disappointed today, because I wasn't even close." After the high of his fourth-round victory over Federer, which saw Tsitsipas hailed as the next big star of men's tennis, this was a crushing return to earth. But win or lose, the Greek community feel nothing other than pride for the young man who put his heart and soul into the game. Thank you Stefanos Tsitsipas! We'll be watching you for many years to come.
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