Roland-Garros, AEK fan, coach: 10 questions about Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas is chasing his first Grand Slam title and is currently ranked a career-high No 3. Here are the answers to 10 questions about the Greek God

Stefanos Tsitsipas - Londres 2019

Who is Stefanos Tsitsipas?

Stefanos Tsitsipas is a Greek tennis player whose best ranking to date is No 3.

What are Stefanos Tsitsipas’ best results in Grand Slam events?

Stefanis Tsitsipas reached his first Grand Slam final at Roland-Garros in 2021. He led world No 1 Novak Djokovic by two sets to love before being worn down in five sets. Tsitsipas has also reached reached three other Grand Slam semi-finals, at the Australian Open in 2019 and 2021 and at Roland-Garros in 2020.

Stefanos Tsitsipas & Novak Djokovic at Roland-Garros in 2021
Stefanos Tsitsipas & Novak Djokovic at Roland-Garros in 2021

What did Stefanos Tsitsipas do in Monte-Carlo in 2021?

In Monte-Carlo in 2021, Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first Masters 1000 title, beating Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3. The Greek emulated the feat of his mother, who won the title at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 1981. Tsitsipas did not drop a set all week as he collected his sixth career title. He has now won seven ATP Tour titles, including two in 2021. His first title came in Lyon in 2018.

What is Stefanos Tsitsipas’ UTS nickname?

Stefanos Tsitsipas is nicknamed the Greek God. The Greek star took part in the first staging of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in the summer of 2020 and made headlines with his performance in sudden death matches, as well as with his sideline singing.

When was Stefanos Tsitsipas born?

Stefanos Tsitsipas was born on August 12, 1998 (the same day as Pete Sampras, another player with Greek origins), in Athens. He supports AEK basketball and football teams. He now lives in Monte-Carlo, just a 45-minute drive from the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy, located in Sophia Antipolis, in the South of France, where he trains.

How tall is he?

Stefanos Tsitsipas is 6’4″ (193cm) tall, according to his profile on ATP official website. He weighs 196 lbs (89kgs).

Stefanos Tsitsipas

What is his nationality?

Tsitsipas is Greek. He is the greatest male player in his country’s history. In 2017, at the age of 19, he became the first player from his country to break into the ATP Top 100, and the first in the ATP Top 10 in 2019.

At what age did Stefanos Tsitsipas start playing tennis?

Tsitsipas started playing tennis at three years old.

“My first memory was three years ago and I was hitting balls with my father between tennis lessons. I remember me as a baby watching matches on television. I can’t tell you who was playing, but I remember watching.”

Tsitsipas started taking tennis lessons at six at the Glyfáda Tennis Club, near Athens.

Who is Stefanos Tsitsipas’ coach?

Tsitsipas is coached by his father, Apostolos Tsitsipas. The Greek player has been training at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in Sophia Antipolis, France, since 2015.

“I was lucky enough to be spotted by Patrick Mouratoglou at the age of 14. I think most of my success comes from training here. It has helped me a lot to grow as a tennis player and to see tennis from a different perspective,” said the Greek in a March 2020 interview with the Philippine magazine Tiebreaker Times.

Who are Tsitsipas’ parents and siblings?

Tsitsipas’ parents are Apostolos Tsitsipas, born on December 24, 1967, and Julia Apostoli, born on August 13, 1964. His father was a tennis teacher in a club in Athens’ chic suburbs before he became his son’s full-time coach. His mother, born in Russia as Julia Salnikova, was a professional tennis player. She was ranked world No 194 and retired in 1995. She married Apostolos Tsitsipas in 1991 and took Greek citizenship. She is the daughter of Soviet professional footballer Sergei Salnikov, an Olympic champion in 1956. Tsitsipas has two brothers, Pétros, born on July 27, 2000, also a tennis player (world No 982), and Pávlos, born on July 23, 2005. He also has a sister, Elisávet, born on March 7, 2008.

Apostolos Tsitsipas, Roland-Garros, 2020

Does Tsitsipas have Instagram?

Stefanos Tsitsipas has an Instagram account, which is followed by 1.4 million people, as of August 2021. Stefanos Tsitsipas also has a Twitter account (@StefTsitsipas), followed by 260,000 people. His official Facebook page is liked by 281,000 people.

The Greek player also has a YouTube channel where he shares his adventures during his tournaments and his travels through creative vlogs. 183,000 people have subscribed to his channel.

Who is Tsitsipas’ girlfriend?

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ girlfriend is Theodora Petalas. “She is my best friend! We talk every day, for two or three years now. I don’t think a day has gone by that we haven’t spoken, and our chemistry is very good. She also plays tennis, and when I play with her, it is my favourite moment on the court! It brings a huge smile to my face,” Tsitsipas said at the Australian Open in 2021.

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