Stefanos Tsitsipas expresses yet another bizarre opinion – ‘I would consider it bigger than a Grand Slam’

Shahida Jacobs
Stefanos Tsitsipas in action

Stefanos Tsitsipas has declared that he considers the ATP Finals “a bigger thing than a Slam” ahead of this year’s season-ending event in Turin.

The ATP Finals is the prestigious year-end tournament on the ATP Tour and it features the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams based on their results and raking points achieved throughout the season.

Many believe it is the fifth most significant tennis tournament on the annual calendar behind the four Grand Slams (Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open).

However, Tsitsipas is not one of those as he places it ahead of the four majors.

“I would consider it probably a bigger thing than a Slam, honestly,” he told ATPTour.com. “It has big prestige and it’s a very valuable asset if you’re able to conquer and win it.”

Earlier this year Tsitsipas also declared that he would choose the world No 1 ranking over winning a Grand Slam title.

“Did you know? I’ll trade it for being number one. It is definitely something special, it is a sign that you have reached the maximum in your career and I like it when you are able to maximize everything. This way, one day I will be able to tell my grandchildren that I have been number one,” he told EL UNIVERSAL Deportes.

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The Greek has qualified for the ATP Finals for the fifth consecutive year with his place in the draw confirmed during last week’s Paris Masters event.

Tsitsipas won the season-ending event during his debut in 2019, but he has failed to make it past the round-robin stage since then.

He added during his interview with ATP Tour: “It’s a whole celebration. The ATP Finals is a commemoration and celebration of the best of the best in our sport.

“We all gather together and we get to play against each other and focus on the fact that we are the best in the world trying to fight for this mega trophy, which is a grand prize in our sport. It means a lot.”

This year’s ATP Finals will run from November 12-19 at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy and an undefeated champion will earn 1,500 ranking points and $4,801,500 – the biggest cheque in tennis history.

Tsitsipas will join defending champion and world No 1 Novak Djokovic as well as Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, Andrey Rublev, Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune in the line-up.