Stefanos Tsitsipas Bio

  • • Began playing tennis at age 3.
  • • Speaks Greek, Russian and English. Eager to learn Chinese and Spanish.
  • • Father, Apostolos, is his coach; mother, Julia Salnikova, is an ex-pro and was his 1st coach. Parents met when Julia played and Apostolos officiated at a WTA event in Athens.
  • • Younger siblings Petros, Pavlos and Elisavet all play tennis.
    > Grandfather, Sergei, was 1956 Olympic gold medallist in football.
  • • Paid tribute to his grandmother, Stavroula, who passed away prior to his appearance in 2021 Roland Garros final.
  • • Aunt sponsored his career as a junior after his father quit his job to travel with him.
  • • Nearly drowned while swimming in 2015. Saved by his father and says incident changed his life.
  • • Favourite surface is grass, shot is forehand and tournament is Wimbledon.
  • • Shares birthday with former World No. 1 Pete Sampras, who is also of Greek origin.
  • • Named 2018 ATP Most Improved Player of the Year.
  • • Hobbies are travelling with friends, photography, video editing and anything creative.
  • • Enjoys video blogging on YouTube. Produces his own podcast, "A Greek Abroad."
  • • Supports Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) and their star player, fellow Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo.
  • • Also a fan of AEK basketball and football teams.
  • • Ambassador for "Mazi gia to Paidi," a Greek organisation that helps underprivileged children.
  • • During COVID-19 pandemic, launched Beyond 100 Support auction with all money raised going towards ATP Player Relief Programme.
  • • "I have huge belief that I’m capable of winning not just one Grand Slam, but many of them," he said in May 2021. "It’s just a matter of time.”
  • • Underwent right elbow surgery in November 2021.

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