Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals ‘mission’ giving him huge motivation at the Mexican Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas has spoken about the “mission” that is providing him with added motivation as he chases the title at the 2024 Mexican Open in Acapulco. 

The world No 12 has revealed he will donate money to the relief programmes in Acapulco to help rebuild the city for every ace he hits during the tournament.

Hurricane Otis — a category 5 storm — had a devastating effect on Acapulco in October last year, causing at least 52 deaths and damage estimated to be worth billions of dollars.

The 2024 edition of the popular ATP 500 tournament in the beach resort city is being held this week four months after the hurricane, with the venue having been repaired after sustaining heavy damage and severe flooding.

Ahead of the event, Tsitsipas announced: “I will be donating $1,000 for every ace I hit this week in Acapulco. It’s going to be transferred to the relief programmes for Acapulco in 2024.”

The Greek has progressed to the quarter-finals of the tournament, where he will face third seed and world No 9 Alex de Minaur. The 25-year-old, who is seeded fifth, defeated Roman Safiullin and Flavio Cobolli in straight sets in his first two matches.

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Following his 6-3, 7-6(6) victory over world No 69 Cobolli in the second round on Wednesday, Tsitsipas spoke about the great cause he is helping by succeeding at the tournament.

“Yes, I am very motivated. I want to get a lot of money for the people of Acapulco, I want to feed a lot of people, I want to provide to a lot of people,” he explained.

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“This is my mission with it. Of course, part of my mission is to play good tennis and then focus on the court to get the best outcome and result as a tennis player. But I think there’s a also stronger reason and a stronger sort of mission that comes behind it, which is to do good through tennis.”

During an on-court interview, Tsitsipas discussed the situation in Acapulco and how the scenes he had witnessed after arriving in the city had highlighted the scale of the crisis.

“In tough moments like this, I want to contribute and be helpful. So that was completely a no-brainer, that was something that I initially planned from a long time ago and I really wanted to make sure Acapulco gets fed, gets supported in difficult times,” the two-time major finalist said.

“And you know, I saw a massive line when I was arriving from the airport to the courts, of people waiting to be fed. So that kind of made me feel really emotional about the whole situation and I’m happy that through tennis, I’m able to create happiness and also give hope to people that have been suffering for all these months.”

Tsitsipas hit 10 aces across his wins over Safiullin and Cobolli and he will be hoping to extend his stay in Acapulco for as long as possible to maximise that tally.

The two-time Monte Carlo Masters champion is looking to win an ATP 500 tournament for the first time, having lost in 10 finals at this level of event. He was a runner-up in Acapulco in 2021, when he was beaten by Alexander Zverev.

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