Stefanos Tsitsipas to make Davis Cup debut in September in Athens


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Stefanos Tsitsipas to make Davis Cup debut in September in Athens

The 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas has been at the top of the tennis world in the last 12 months, reaching five ATP finals since spring of 2018 and becoming the first player born in 1998 who cracked the top-10. Stefanos achieved that after another great performance in Dubai where he lost in the final against Roger Federer whom he beat at the Australian Open in January en route to his first Grand Slam semi-final, earning 15 wins so far in 2019 to stand second in the ATP Race behind Novak Djokovic.

Tsitsipas has passed a long way from the youngster who couldn't travel to the Australian Open due to lack of financial support to one of the best players in the world, improving his game regularly and achieving some pretty impressive things for the player of his age.

Stefanos played in the first ATP final last year in Barcelona, losing to Rafael Nadal who ousted him in the title match in Toronto as well after the Greek became the youngest player to beat four top-10 rivals at the same event since the start of the ATP Tour in 1990.

He won the maiden ATP title in Stockholm and cemented a perfect ending of the season with another crown at the NextGen Masters in Milan, securing the ATP Most Improved Player of the Year award. After prominent results at ATP 250, ATP 500, Masters 1000 and Grand Slam levels, Stefanos is now ready to embrace the final uncharted area and make a debut for the Greece Davis Cup squad in September.

Tatoi Club in Athens will host the Europe Group III ties on an outdoor clay court between September 11-14 (just three days after the end of the US Open!) with Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro and Poland also in contention for the place in Group II in 2020.

Stefanos' younger brother Petros, Markos Kalovelonis and Michail Pervolarakis should form the rest of the Greek squad and they will be the clear favorites against all the rivals with Stefanos as the most prominent figure.

In 2018, Greece competed in Montenegro in Europe Group III in April, defeating Latvia, Armenia and Moldova while losing to Montenegro.