Tsitsipas is a 19-year-old tennis player from the small country of Greece. It’s often said that there are 20 players in the world capable of winning grand slams, and right now Tsitsipas is not on this list. But his name will be here soon enough, and everyone would do well to remember it when he makes his first major final or wins his first major title.
Family Background of Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas is the son of a Greek father and a German mother. His family background has been well documented. He was introduced to the sport by his parents at an early age, watching matches with them beginning when he was three years old. His father went pro in 1983 but had to retire due to injuries two years later. The elder Tsitsipas then became a tennis coach for club team Ethnikos Piraeus, where Stefanos grew up playing from age four until twelve when he joined the national arm of Nike’s junior program in Greece. In 2006, at the age of 12, he moved to Barcelona, Spain due to his father’s work commitments and started training with former French Open champion Jordi Arrese.In 2013, he joined the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, staying until June 2015 when he left to train with Marian Vajda at his academy in Proximus, Belgium.
Tsitsipas speaks Greek and German fluently. He also understands Spanish and English to a lesser degree.
Tsitsipas Growing up and life hurdles
Growing up in Corfu, Greece, Stefanos was coached by his father at every practice when he was just three years old. His dad played tennis for a club in Athens called Glyfada where Stefanos’ older brother (and future NBA player) Thanasis learned to play as well. After watching him win junior tournaments in Greece, Stefanos (whose name means “he who sows” in Greek) moved to Barcelona to train with former French Open finalist Emilio Sanchez. It was here where he grew into the player he is today. When asked by the ATP about his favorite match, Tsitsipas had this to say:
I remember the rest of that 2018 season fondly because I watched him play live 11 times after that win. He made it all the way to his first Masters final at Madrid where he lost a tight 3-set match against Rafa but won many new fans along the way. The last time we profiled Tsitsipas on TW, David Kane said this about him
It seems like every time Tsitsipas plays a big match, he gets better. And as he’s gotten better, his results have been even bigger and bigger. He followed up his Madrid run with a deep French Open run where he made the fourth round. In fact, his first four slams were a wild ride: a third-round loss in Australia, a second-round loss in Wimbledon, an amazing five-set win over Djokovic at the US Open that saw him start by going down two sets to love then end by going up 4-2 in the fifth set before falling 7-5, and finally his 5th round loss to eventual champ Nadal here at Roland Garros.