Maria Sakkari, the 17th seed, triumphed over 4th seed Karolína Plíšková in the quarter-finals, advancing to the semi-finals of the 2021 US Open. She has an interesting life away from the court too, as Maria Sakkari’s boyfriend, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, is the son of Greece’s prime minister.
Greek through to US Open quarter-finals
Maria Sakkari is into the US Open semi-finals after beating 4th seed Karolína Plíšková.
The rising Greek star beat the former world no.1 6-4, 6-4.
Before that, she beat Candian Bianca Andreescu.
The 26-year-old battled from a set down to beat Andreescu 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.
The world no.18 will now face British sensation Emma Raducanu in the last eight.
Who is Maria Sakkari’s boyfriend?
Maria Sakkari’s boyfriend is Konstantinos Mitsotakis, who is the son of Greece’s prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The couple have been dating since 2020, which Maria said came at an unexpected time.
Speaking about their relationship, Maria said: “It has been a year now since we met and the truth is he helped me a lot. He is a special guy. I have disclosed the relationship anyway; it is not hidden.
“I think it was a big part of why I did well at Roland Garros as I spent my free time with him very differently from when I was alone.”
“He calmed me down, he talked to me, he was very supportive. Konstantinos is a very simple guy. I can talk to him for hours. We have a very easy relationship. He is a very easy person,” she added.
More on Konstantinos Mitsotakis
According to Greek City Times, Konstantinos Mitsotakis completed his mandatory military service in the army just before the beginning of the French Open this year.
The prime minister’s son reportedly enlisted in the artillery in September 2020.
From there, Konstantinos Mitsotakis was transferred to the “Ioannou” camp in Evros.
The prime minister visited his son in the Ioannou camp last October.
Who is Sakkari’s tennis coach Tom Hill?
Maria Sakkari’s tennis coach is Tom Hill, a 26-year-old from Redditch, England.
He started playing tennis in his native country before moving to Bradenton, Florida at age ten.
While there he attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (now IMG Academy) before pursuing a coaching career.
Hill has coached Maria Sakkari to six top-ten wins and the world No. 18 ranking.