NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo reveals that he is good friends with Maria Sakkari and enjoys watching her play tennis. Antetokounmpo, who won consecutive NBA MVP awards in 2019 and 2020, is currently the best Greek basketball player and one of the most popular athletes in his country.
Antetokounmpo is also a fan of tennis as he supports his compatriots Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas. «She’s amazing. She’s like a ball of fire and I love that about her. She plays with a lot of intensity.»
She is a good friend of mine and I wish her the best,” Antetokounmpo said of Sakkari.
«She’s amazing. She’s like a ball of fire and I love that about her.
Play with a lot of intensity. She is a good friend of mine and I wish her the best.”
On Tsitsipas, Antetokounmpo said: «He’s a great guy and he’s just getting started.»
Sakkari also spoke highly of Antetokounmpo
Sakkari, 27, is set to make her second WTA Finals appearance. During her pre-tournament press conference, Sakkari spoke about her admiration for Antetokounmpo. «I think there are so many things that you can be inspired by and learn from Giannis because for me, he is my idol.
He is the person I admire the most. He and Rafa I would say. These two people are the people I want to try to be like. Giannis, he is an inspiration, not only because of his story and you know how it started.
It’s just his approach and the way he does things during the game, in practice, off the court. Like the way he talked to me a few times, it makes me admire him even more. He is very unique. Like, I don’t think there are many athletes like him in the whole world.
I’m very thankful and grateful to have someone I can talk to like him because he’s going to dominate,» Sakkari said of Antetokounmpo. Last year, Sakkari reached the semi-final in her WTA Finals debut. This time, Sakkari is looking to leave the group that also includes Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula and Aryna Sabalenka.