Stefanos Tsitsipas — Biography

Overview

Stefanos Tsitsipas is a Greek professional tennis player born on the 12th of August in 1998. He is the youngest in the top 10 ranked tennis players globally, as ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). His highest ranking is 4th in the world, meaning he is the first-ever Greek tennis player ranked that high. Tsitsipas was the 2019 ATP Finals winner, making him the youngest winner of the competition in eighteen years. He currently holds a record of 7 ATP singles title wins under his belt.

Stefanos Tsitsipas — Personal Life

Stefanos Tsitsipas was born into a professional Tennis playing family, Julia Apostoli. His mother was a professional in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour. His father was a trained Tennis coach. At age three, he was already part of the Tennis sport. He was already receiving Tennis Lessons at age six, which made it possible for him to get the no. 1 ranking in the world as a junior and the first Greek male player to win a junior grand slam title, the 2016 Wimbledon boys double. He has also trained at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in France since 2015.

His mother’s sister was also a professional tennis player and even helped with the finances during his junior career days. His mother’s father (his grandfather) was also an Olympic gold medalist with the Soviet national football team and managed FC Spartak Moscow.

Tsitsipas is Greek, but he studied at an English-speaking school while growing up, which means he can speak English together with Greek and Russian. He is also a supporter of the AEK Athens football club in Greece. One of the player’s hobbies includes vlogging as he owns and hosts his own YouTube channel where he posts videos of his travels.
One life-changing event for the player was in 2016 when he nearly drowned while swimming at the beach in Crete. After the intervention of his father saved his life, Tsitsipas’s mindset and approach towards his matches changed. He approaches each game with more confidence and no fear.

Outside all of this, the player is also dedicated to promoting the game of Tennis in his country as he considers it “not very popular”. He even commented on this in 2018 at the Barcelona Open. He expressed his joy as his dream of growing the sport in his country was gradually manifesting as getting the attention he needed.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas — Career

He went up the ATP rankings when he won his first ATP match in late 2017, and in 2018 he made it to the finals of three tours, where he won his first title at the Stockholm Open. He also finished as a runner-up at the Canadian Open. Even as the youngest player he defeated four top opponents in a single tournament. Rising in the season and gaining titles at the Next Gen ATP finals has put him among the top ten ATP rankings. During the 2021 Monte-Carlos Master was when he won his first master 1000 event. His grand slam final was at the 2021 French Open, which took place just five days after his grandmother passed away. Although he lost the finals to Novak Djokovic, he is seen as the first Greek to reach a grand slam final.

Tsitsipas’ highest ATP ranking so far is the fourth spot, which he achieved in June 2021, and he has been able to maintain that rank to date in the ATP rankings.

Tsitsipas started his career with his father, Apostolic Tsitsipas. Although in 2018, Stefanos Tsitsipas choose Serena William’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou as his new coach. He reacted during a group stage match against Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Playing Style

Being an aggressive baseliner gives Tsitsipas an edge against his opponents, and he is also an all-court player. With an Eastern grip, he has a mighty forehand which helps him hit powerful groundstrokes. With the strength from his forehead, he can finish points off the first serve, including his big serves, which he uses very high top spins to surpass his opponent in the court and win them. He also often goes to the net more than typical baseline players. Over hitting and making errors while trying to beat his opponent is one of his weak points. Players with the decisive kick serve on the backhand, making it difficult for him to return the ball, but he has worked very hard to improve on this loose end by learning blocked and slice return on his backhand.

He loves playing the backhand with one hand, which is quite rare in tennis these days. However, his favourite wing is the forehand. While growing up, he tried out both one and two-handed backhands but favoured the former when he was eight. This was because both his parents and his icon Roger Federer played the same way. He likes playing the backhand shot down the line.

The player’s favourite surface is the grass, with the Wimbledon being his favourite tournament. He also plays well on clay court as it was he grew up playing on it in Greece. Tsitsipas has also played well on hard courts with two Australian Open semis and a Masters finals on this surface.

His abilities as a player have earned him the praise of Annabel Croft and Greg Rusedski, former British number one holders. Rusedski spoke highly of his composure and calmed on the court. At the same time, compare him to Andy Murray and his competitive nature and roger Federer’s calmness.

Net Worth And Endorsements

According to data collected from competitions he has been in and the prize monies he has accumulated, the Greek star tennis player is estimated to have a net worth of over $4 million with over $14 million in prize money.

On the other hand, the Greek player’s endorsements have been on the increase. Before his grand appearance on the world stage, he was associated with Lotto for a long time. Then in 2015, he signed a contract with Adidas and has been wearing their footwear and apparel. In 2018, he started partnering with Rolex, a global luxury watch brand and became associated with Rexona, a top brand in the deodorants industry. The Greek star’s racquets are currently sponsored by Wilson, a world sports equipment company.

Foundation and Charity

Tsitsipas is well known for his charity works and regarded as a champion in court and off the court. This has earned him the position of ambassador for the Greek organization for helping children. He has contributed to many causes like his contribution in 2020 to the Theotokos Foundatifor the support of children with disabilities. He also began an online auction during the covid-19 pandemic, where the proceeds were given to the Player Relief Program as a contribution to cater for players affected by the pandemic.

Also, before the 2020 Australian Open, he joined hands with other tennis stars to contribute and raise funds for those affected by the Australian bushfires.

Summary/ General Stats

Country: Greece

Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Born: 12 August 1998 Athens, Greece (age 22)

Height: 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)

Turned pro: 2016

Plays: Right-handed (favours one-handed backhand)

Coach: Apostolos Tsitsipas and Patrick Mouratoglou

Prize money: US$ 15,050,627

Official website: stsitsipas.com

Career record (Singles): 172–85 (66.9% in ATP Tour, Grand Slam, and Davis Cup)

Career titles (Singles): 7

Highest ranking: No. 4

Current ranking: No. 4

Grand Slam Singles Results

Australian Open: SF (2019, 2021)

French Open: F (2021)

Wimbledon: 4R (2018)

US Open: 3R (2020)

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