Stefanos Tsitsipas is a Greek professional tennis player who has a net worth of $11 million. As of 2021, he is the youngest player to enjoy a top-10 ranking within the ATP. He has reached top-five ranking in the past. The latest records also make him the top-ranked Greek player in history.
The player made a name for himself after he won the 2019 ATP Finals, becoming the youngest player to accomplish this feat in more than 18 years. Tsitsipas was introduced to tennis at a young age by his father who had trained as a tennis coach. At just three, he was swinging a racket and by six he had already committed to regular tennis lessons.
Soon, his potential became obvious when he reached the number-one ranking in the world while he was a junior player. After training comprehensively in France, Tsitsipas went on to make his professional debut and won his first ATP match in 2017. Many titles came in 2018 and currently, Stefanos Tsitsipas has grown to become one of the best players in the tennis world.
Tsitsipas was born on August 12, 1998, in Athens, Greece. His father is Greek and his mother Russian and they are both experienced tennis players. He quickly accepted the massive influence of tennis on his upbringing. Previously, his mother was a top-ranked junior player in the world who represented the Soviet Union at a professional level.
Both his father and mother worked as tennis instructors and they had four other children apart from Stefanos Tsitsipas. All the other children also went on to become tennis players. At the age of three, he started working with his father and in the process learned how to hit tennis balls using a racket.
Furthermore, he watched tennis games on television with his family often. Although Stefanos played some other sports while growing up, he eventually decided to focus on a career as future tennis professional. Stefanos Tsitsipas later said that his dad never “made the decision for him,” and that he chose this career path as a nine-year-old on his own.
After he enrolled in tennis lessons in Athens, Stefanos’ father went on to become his main coach, a position he holds up to today. Tennis is not popular in Greece and that is something that Tsitsipas has promised to change throughout his career.
To ensure that he trained his children more efficiently, Stefanos’ father formally studied tennis coaching at the University of Athens. In 2015, Tsitsipas Stefanos went ahead to study at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in France. But, he returned to Greece regularly to train as well.
Stefanos Tsitsipas Junior Career
Tsitsipas started playing on the ITF junior circuit at the age of 14 and by 2015 he was competing in Grand Slam tournaments. In that period, his best result was a quarterfinal finish at the Australian Open. By December 2015, he had reached a number-14 ranking as a world junior.
Stefanos then raised his game considerably in 2016. He managed to reach the quarterfinals of all the eight tournaments he entered, including four Grand Slams. After he won his first title at the Trofeo Bonfiglio, Tsitsipas earned the world’s number-one ranking amongst the juniors.
Another significant win came when he partnered with Kenneth Raisma to win at Wimbledon in the doubles. By the end of his time as a junior tennis player, he had dropped to number two in the world rankings.
Stefanos played in his first ATP main draw at the Rotterdam Open. He lost the debut match and several other matches along the way. His first win came after he claimed the Challenger title in Genova. At 19, Stefanos had risen to the top 100 in the ATP rankings.
It wasn’t until 2018 that Stefanos got his breakthrough. This year, he reached the Masters final and became the Next Gen ATP Finals champion. By the end of the year, he was named the ATP Most Improved Player. In 2019, Stefanos Tsitsipas’ success continued. He managed to become the ATP Finals Champion, and reached the Australian Open semifinal, and claimed a top-five ATP ranking.
Last year, Stefanos first struggled to maintain the same level of performance that he had displayed in the previous two years. His key achievement in that year was reaching the French Open semifinal. Nonetheless, he failed to defend his 2019 ATP Finals title. In 2021, he reached the Australian Open semifinal for only the second time in his career.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is a well-rounded player who prefers an aggressive approach to his game. Described by many as a baseliner, Stefanos focuses on significantly powerful ground strokes and uses a semi-western grip to deliver strong forehands.
He has a powerful serve, and he normally uses considerable topspin. That strategy enables him to go to the net more often than the normal baseline players. But, his weaknesses include over-hitting, making unforced errors, and returning serves on the backhand side.
One of the most unique things about Stefanos Tsitsipas is that he prefers to play with a one-handed backhand. That style is rare in modern tennis, though people like Roger Federer have also used this playing style.
Since Stefanos grew up playing on clay in Greece, he performs excellently on this surface. With that in mind, his favorite surface is grass. His calm and composed demeanor has won him a lot of praise from the critics.