Paula Badosa confirms break-up with Stefanos Tsitsipas – and tennis fans are not happy

Kevin Palmer
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa are playing French Open mixed doubles together.

Paula Badosa has confirmed her love story with Stefanos Tsitsipas has come to an end, much to the disappointment of their fans around the world.

The power couple of tennis have created headlines aplenty since their relationship was revealed, with former world No 2 Badosa and men’s world No 7 Tsitsipas generating more interest in their activities off their court than their wins on it.

An Instagram account capturing images of their story attracted tens of thousands of followers, with ‘Tsitsidosa’ becoming one of the most talked about tennis stories over the last couple of year.

Yet that Instagram account has now been deactivated after Badosa issued this statement on her own Instagram account.

“After careful consideration and many cherished moments together, Stefanos and I have decided to amicably part ways,” she said.

“We have shared a journey filled with love and learning, and it is as friends with immense mutual respect that we now choose to move forward on our own paths.’

“As we transition into this new chapter of our lives, we continue to wish each other nothing but the best in all our endeavours.

“We kindly ask for privacy during this time, and we thank you for your understanding and respect.”

Both Badosa and Tsitsipas have fended off accusations that their romance was distracting to their tennis career, with both struggling to hit the heights on the court during their time together.

For Badosa, that is primarily because of her ongoing injury problems, while Tsitsipas has returned to form in recent weeks as he won the Monte Carlo Masters event and reached the final of the Barcelona Open.

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Tsitsipas has spoken at length about the positive impact Badosa has had on his life, as he hit back at suggestions she was taking his focus away from tennis.

“A lot of people have fun destroying everything and I don’t like that at all. My meeting with Paula gave me another vision of life in general,” he stated last October.

“Before, it was always tennis, tennis, tennis, that was all that mattered, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“During that part of my young career, I didn’t spend enough time with my family. Maybe for some these connections aren’t so important, but for me they are crucial.

“These are elements of my life that also require time. Not really energy, because they’re just part of me. So to have Paula by my side now is great. I’m going through the best time of my life.

“People who claim that I am no longer focused on tennis, I train more than I ever did in my career.

“I dream that Paula and I can make it together and be No 1. I have nothing to prove to anyone.”

That dream is now over for Tsitsipas, with Badosa’s move to announce the end of the relationship not followed up straight away by a message from her former partner.

The reaction from fans of the couple’s romance has been swift on social media platforms, with fans who embraced the ‘Tsitsidosa’ story lamenting the end of a sideshow was complimented their tennis journeys.

Now the gossip and showbiz writers who enjoy a sporting romance may have to turn their focus on the romance between British No 1 Katie Boulter and Australian No 1 Alex de Minaur, who are now the undisputed tennis power couple.