Stefanos Tsitsipas is the very best ranked Greek participant within the historical past of tennis, putting a career-best No.3 simply earlier than his twenty third birthday in 2021, 20 years after taking his first steps on a tennis courtroom, coached by his father Apostolos in Athens.
Tsitsipas’ mom, Julia Apostoli, was additionally a superb participant and, like Stefanos, was a world primary junior, so it was no shock when success got here rapidly to this stand-out Subsequent Technology famous person, dubbed a Greek God.
Tsitsipas is competing in his third Laver Cup and has received 5 factors for Crew Europe, undefeated in singles and efficiently pairing with Andrey Rublev at TD Backyard in Boston final 12 months.
When Tsitsipas first joined Crew Europe at Geneva in 2019, he mentioned it was a lifetime dream to share the courtroom along with his idols, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
His inclusion within the group for London is “like being a part of the Chicago Bulls within the golden period”.
“I’m very honored to be a part of this group, I feel this group is essentially the most iconic group Laver Cup has ever had,” he says. “I really feel very privileged to be a part of this squad, a part of this group of legends, and study as a lot as I can from them.”
The way it’s going
Since profitable the 2019 year-end ATP finals on the age of 18, Tsitsipas has cemented his place within the prime 10 and, in 2022, held his floor at most of the Tour’s largest tournaments.
The 12 months started with one other sturdy displaying at Melbourne Park the place the Greek wore down Crew World rival Taylor Fritz in a five-set Australian Open third spherical marathon.
He adopted up with a textbook three-set victory over Italian Jannik Sinner within the quarterfinals earlier than bowing out to second seed Daniil Medvedev within the semis. Tsitsipas’ prowess on onerous courts continued at Rotterdam, the place he completed runner-up to a different Crew World adversary, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and in Acapulco, he was stopped by Cameron Norrie within the semifinals.
From April, Tsitsipas hit his stride on clay, efficiently defending the ATP 1000 Masters crown at Monte Carlo, the place he dropped just one set (to Diego Schwartzman) within the quarterfinals on the way in which to choosing up a seventh profession title.
He maintained kind in Barcelona, prevented from advancing previous the final eight by unstoppable Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, and reached the final 4 in Madrid, the place former Laver Cup teammate Alexander Zverev lay in wait. The German bettered Stefanos in Spain, however the Greek improved his total head-to-head towards Zverev to 8-4 after they met within the semifinals of the Rome Masters.
Tsitsipas was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in Rome and at Roland Garros, the place he had reached his first Grand Slam singles last in 2021, he battled onerous to make the Spherical of 16, then rapidly adjusted to grass-court tennis, claiming a ninth ATP Tour singles title at Mallorca.
Tsitsipas confronted acquainted rival Nick Kyrgios within the third spherical at Wimbledon, their high-rating match received by the Australian in 4 gruelling units. The Greek bounced again on the Cincinnati Masters, the place he upset world No.1 Daniil Medvedev within the semifinals.
On taking part in Laver Cup
Tsitsipas expresses nice confidence in Crew Europe. “I feel we now have achieved nice issues,” he says. “Having so many Grand Slam champions pair up in a single group offers us huge possibilities to get some huge wins, struggle towards the kids in addition to the older canines of Crew World.”
He’s additionally trying ahead to returning to The O2, scene of a outstanding ATP Finals breakthrough.
“I’ll come again with nice reminiscences at the back of my head, I feel it’s a fantastic vacation spot for tennis and that courtroom is the proper place to have a battle like this.”
He believes Crew Europe’s composure has seen them by means of some tight moments in 4 editions of Laver Cup competitors.
“Our preventing spirit is one thing that makes an enormous distinction. We’re pure born fighters, we hate to lose and we give our throughout the courtroom.”