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Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas is a Greek professional tennis player. He is the youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals and has a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history.

Tsitsipas is the reigning champion at the ATP Finals, and is the youngest winner of the year-end championships in eighteen years. He has won five singles titles and reached ten finals on the ATP Tour.

  • Full name: Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Profession: Greek tennis player
  • Born: 12 August 1998 (age 21 years), Athens, Greece
  • Height: 1.93 m
  • Australian Open: SF (2019)
  • French Open: 4R (2019)
  • Coach: Apostolos Tsitsipas; Patrick Mouratoglou (2015–)
  • Parents: Julia Apostoli, Apostolos Tsitsipas
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About Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas was born on 12 August 1998 to Apostolos Tsitsipas and Julia Apostoli (née Salnikova) in Athens.

His father is Greek and his mother is Russian. Both of his parents are experienced tennis players, and his mother in particular was a world No. 1 junior who had a career-high professional ranking inside the top 200 and represented the Soviet Union in Fed Cup.

His parents had been working as tennis instructors at the Astir Palace resort hotel in Vouliagmeni at the time of his birth.

They originally met at a WTA tournament in Athens where his mother was competing and his father was a line judge.

Stefanos has three younger siblings: two brothers Petros and Pavlos (Paul), and a sister Elisavet who is the youngest. All of his siblings are also tennis players.

With their strong backgrounds in tennis, Tsitsipas’s parents got their oldest son started on tennis at a very young age.

Stefanos has said, “My first memory is to be three and to hit balls with my father in the gap between lessons.

I remember watching games on TV, as a baby, I can not tell you who was playing, but I remember watching.”

He also participated in other sports as a kid, including football and swimming. His father said Stefanos made the decision to become a tennis player himself, recalling that his son “woke up in the middle of the night” after a tournament in France at age nine and told him “Dad, I have to tell you something: I want to become a tennis player, I like the competition, I like the challenge.”

Tsitsipas began taking lessons at Tennis Club Glyfada near Athens at the age of six, and has long since continued to train there.

His father has always served as his primary coach, and he formally studied tennis coaching at the University of Athens to help train his children.

In 2015, Tsitsipas also began training at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy, splitting time between France and Greece during this period.

Career

Born into a tennis family where his mother was a professional on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour and his father was trained as a tennis coach, Tsitsipas was introduced to the sport at age three and began taking lessons at age six.

As a junior, he was ranked No. 1 in the world. He also became the third Greek player, and first Greek male in the Open Era, to win a junior Grand Slam title with a victory in the 2016 Wimbledon boys’ doubles event. Tsitsipas trains at the Mouratoglou Academy in France since 2015.

Tsitsipas won his first ATP match in late 2017 and quickly ascended up the ATP rankings the following year.

He reached three tour-level finals in 2018 and won his first title at the Stockholm Open. With his runner-up finish at the Canadian Open, he became the youngest player to defeat four top ten opponents in a single tournament.

After culminating his season with an exhibition title at the Next Gen ATP Finals, Tsitsipas built on this success by reaching the semifinals at the 2019 Australian Open and rising into the top 10 of the world rankings.