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Tsitsipas then moved on from the light-hearted remark, adding just how much he values the support in Australia and what the Grand Slam means to him on a personal level. “That’s not it,” he added.

“I like a lot of things in Australia. The people are very welcoming. I’ve said that so many times and I will keep saying it because it’s very true. I grew up in a place that is very similar in terms of conditions and lifestyle and I find myself feeling home when I’m here because it’s not too tropical and not too humid. It very much feels like home.

“I know the French players have Roland Garros as their home Grand Slam, the British players have Wimbledon, the Americans have US Open. For me, the Australian Open is always going to be my home Grand Slam. I feel very much loved here.”