Stefanos Tsitsipas is the highest-rated Greek player in tennis history, and achieved No. 3 on his career best before his 23rd birthday in 2021, 20 years after taking his first steps on a tennis court, led by his father Apostolos in Athens.
Tsitsipas’ mother, Julia Apostoli, was also an excellent player and, like Stefanos, was the world number one, so it was no surprise when success came quickly to this superstar of the next generation, nicknamed the Greek God.
Tsitsipas is competing in the Laver Cup for his third time and won five points for Team Europe, unbeaten in singles and successfully pairing up with Andrey Rublev at TD Garden in Boston last year.
When Tsitsipas first joined Team Europe in Geneva in 2019, he said sharing the stadium with his idols Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was a lifelong dream.
Joining the London team is like ‘being part of the Chicago Bulls in the golden age’.
“I am honored to be part of this team, I think this team is the most famous team ever in the Laver Cup,” he says. “I feel very privileged to be a part of this group, a part of this group of legends, and to learn from them as much as I can.”
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Since winning the ATP Finals at the end of the year 2019 at the age of 18, Tsitsipas cemented his place in the top ten and, in 2022, maintained his place in many of the tour’s biggest tournaments.
The year started with another strong showing at Melbourne Park as the Greek wore his opponent Tim World to the Australian Open from five sets.
He followed that up with a three-set victory over Italian Yannick Sener in the quarter-finals, before coming out to second seed Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals. Tsitsipas’ prowess continued on the hard courts in Rotterdam, where he finished second to another World Team opponent, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and in Acapulco he was stopped by Cameron Nouri in the semifinals.
Since April, Tsitsipas has arrived with his stride on clay, successfully defending the Masters title at the ATP 1000 in Monte Carlo, losing just one set (to Diego Schwartzman) in the quarter-finals on the way to claiming his seventh career title.
He kept fit in Barcelona, was prevented from getting past the quarter-finals by the unstoppable Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, and reached the last four in Madrid, where his former Laver Cup teammate Alexander Zverev was waiting. The German overtook Stefanos in Spain, but the Greek improved his overall head-to-head against Zverev to 8-4 when they met in the semi-finals of the Rome Masters.
Tsitsipas was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in Rome and at Roland Garros, reaching his first Grand Slam singles final in 2021, struggling hard to reach the last 16, then quickly adapting to grass tennis, finishing ninth. Singles ATP Championship title in Mallorca.
Tsitsipas faced familiar rival Nick Kyrgios in the third round at Wimbledon, where the Australian won in four tough sets. The Greek bounced back at the Cincinnati Masters, upsetting world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.
About playing the Laver Cup
Tsitsipas expresses great confidence in Team Europe. “I think we’ve achieved great things,” he says. “Having so many Grand Slam champions on one team gives us great opportunities to get some big victories, fighting the young as well as the older dogs on Team World.”
He is also looking forward to returning to The O2, an impressive achievement spectacle for the ATP Finals.
“I will bring back great memories in my head, I think it is a great destination for tennis and the stadium is the perfect place to fight a fight like this.”
It is believed that the calm of Team Europe has seen them through some difficult moments in the four editions of the Laver Cup.
“Our fighting spirit is something that makes a huge difference. We are fighters by nature, we hate to lose and we do our best everywhere.”