Tennis - Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas says his rise in the world of men's tennis has made the sport popular in his home country. According to The Star, Tsitsipas says, "Many people were talking about it and I had plenty of interviews that I did on big channels in Greece for big media centres.
It got people's attention. There were some politicians who congratulated me, so I was very happy I got so much attention. It makes me motivated to do even better in the future, and become even more popular. I hope to inspire more people to play tennis in Greece." Tsitsipas says he has made great improvements in the past year and his game has stepped into another level.
He is a former junior World No. 1 and is currently the seconod youngest player in the ATP Top 100, with a current ranking of No. 40 in the world. His best performance this year has been reaching the finals at the Barcelona Open, where he beat Dominic Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta before falling to Rafael Nadal in the final.
Tsitsipas plays Spanish qualifier Carlos Taberner in the first round, where he is looking for his first Grand Slam win. If he does manage to win, he would play the No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem, one of the favourites for the title outside of Rafael Nadal, in the second round.