Five Things To Know About Stefanos Tsitsipas
Learn about the Greek’s on-court success, passion for YouTube and more
Stefanos Tsitsipas is the No. 6 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings and the reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion.
ATPTour.com looks at five things you should know about the 21-year-old.
1) He Triumphed On The Next Gen Stage
At the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in 2017, Tsitsipas made a cameo appearance as a tournament alternate during an exhibition match against Alexander Zverev. Twelve months later, the Greek returned to Milan as the top seed after a breakthrough 2018 ATP Tour season.
Tsitsipas topped his group with a 3-0 record, before surviving a five-set semi-final clash against Andrey Rublev. In the final, the recently crowned Stockholm champion rallied to beat second seed Alex de Minaur 2-4, 4-1, 4-3(3), 4-3(3).
2) He Made A Seamless Transition At The Nitto ATP Finals
One year after his success at the Next Gen ATP Finals, Tsitsipas captured the biggest trophy of his career on his tournament debut at the Nitto ATP Finals in London.
Tsitsipas entered the tournament with a 50-24 record in 2019, highlighted by title runs in Marseille and Estoril. The Greek finished top of Group Andre Agassi with a 2-1 record and beat Roger Federer in straight sets to advance to the championship match.
In a thrilling three-set contest, Tsitsipas captured his third title of the year with a 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(4) victory against Dominic Thiem after two hours and 36 minutes. It was only the fourth time in 50 editions of the tournament that the champion had been decided by a final-set tie-break (also 1988, 1995 and 2005).
3) He Is Raising Money For COVID-19 Relief
Following the global outbreak of COVID-19, Tsitsipas launched the ‘Beyond 100 Support’ auction. The initiative raises money for the Player Relief Programme, which will provide much-needed assistance to the players who are particularly affected during the suspension of professional tennis.
“As the youngest player in the Top 10, I feel responsible to help the future of tennis,” said Tsitsipas. “I understand how critical it is for the sustainability of both ATP and WTA players ranked beyond the Top 100 and how difficult it is to make a living from professional tennis, especially with no tennis events going on for an undefined period of time. Through the creation of ‘Beyond 100 Support’, I hope to start a movement that my fellow players will follow suit.”
Tsitsipas donated several items to the auction, including autographed racquets and match kits. The ATP has donated Nitto ATP Finals, Next Gen ATP Finals and ATP Cup experiences.
4) He Is A Proud Greek
As the first Greek to crack the Top 5 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, Tsitsipas is flying the flag for his country on the ATP Tour. Ahead of the inaugural ATP Cup in January, the 21-year-old shared his national pride during a visit to Brisbane’s Greek community.
“With Greeks, [passion and energy] is in the culture. We feel very connected to one another. It is almost like a family. They put a lot of energy in when they are out on the court chanting and giving their best for us. It just feels good to be Greek. There are so many benefits that I can take from that,” said Tsitsipas.
Following his triumph at the Nitto ATP Finals last year, Tsitsipas was named Best Male Athlete of 2019 at Greece’s Panhellenic Sports Press Association Awards.
5) He Has His Own YouTube Channel
When Tsitsipas is not on the court, you may spot him filming footage for his YouTube channel. The Greek has 169,000 subscribers, with his most successful video achieving more than 400,000 views.
During the 2019 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Tsitsipas took time out from his busy schedule to visit the international broadcast compound and learn more about the art of video editing. The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion is also passionate about photography and has a separate Instagram account dedicated to the hobby.
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