He was the most improved player of in 2018 when in that season he won the title and was proclaimed champion in the Next Gen Finals. He has been accepted as a huge reality in 2019, especially after claiming the title at the Nitto ATP Finals in London. The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas is making rapid progress, without excesses, but his latest results have taken him to the elite of tennis and he has a permanent place in the top-10 of the ATP ranking.
Coming from a country with hardly any references in this sport, Tsitsipas causes sensation for an extraordinary talent, but also for his self-confidence and the quality of some of his shots. At the end of 2018, he was number 15 in the world and 12 months later he climbed to the sixth position.
Has a great start to 2020 winning the title in Marseille without losing a set, and reaching the final in Dubai where only Novak Djokovic defeated him.
Son of tennis players (Apostolos Tsitsipas is his coach and Julia Salnikova was a leading tennis player of the Soviet Union in the 80s) and grandson of an Olympic champion in football (Sergei Salnikov with the USSR in Melbourne 1956), Stefanos was destined to be a star of the sport, although few believed that he would achieve it so soon. He appeared in the top-100 of world tennis in 2017 and at the end of that season was the 91 best player in the circuit.
In 2018, the year in which he became known, his progress coincided with his debut at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where he reached the final to face Rafa Nadal for the first time. That same year, in the Rogers Cup (Toronto) he deployed his best tennis to successively defeat four top-10s: Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev (quarterfinals) and Kevin Anderson (semi-final). The one player he could not beat in the final was Nadal.
With three titles in 2019, as well as some memorable victories such as those obtained against Roger Federer in the round of 16 of the Australian Open and against Nadal in the semi-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open, Tsitsipas showed that he is already one of the greats of the circuit and that, at 21, the future belongs to him.
Born in Athens, "Stef", as he is known on the circuit, resides in Nicosia, Cyprus, and regularly practices at Patrick Mouratoglou’s academy, in southern France. In his biography highlights a fact that fortunately had no tragic consequences. He was close to drowning while swimming during a Futures tournament in the Greek city of Heraklion before being saved by his father.