One of the futures of the sport and the youngest played in the Top 10 – Stefanos Tsitsipas is not letting go of the hope of cracking the Top 3 of the ATP Rankings. Playing doubles alongside both – Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in two separate matches at the Laver Cup, Tsitsipas is not waiting for the two along with Novak Djokovic to retire from the sport to gain spots in the rankings.
Along with the likes of Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, Tsitsipas is frequently mentioned among the new generation challenging the supremacy of the "Big Three" "In order to get higher in the rankings, we have to surpass them and it's quite a difficult task," Tsitsipas said at the Zhuhai Championships.
“But we are working on it, by 'we' I mean the young guys. As my slogan goes, don't wait for an opportunity, create it”. “So I like to go after that and I don't think it's right to wait because you kind of surrender when you wait”.
With life changing upside down for the Greece, Tsitsipas has become a household name back in his nation with youngsters surrounding him on the streets wherever he is visible. "I don't know if it's true, but I hope it's not," he said.
"It's good, obviously, but it's too soon to be there, too soon," he repeated, adding that he still has "a lot to improve, a lot to achieve" Tsitsipas, who is touted as the next big thing is embracing the tag rather than intimidated by it.
"I am honoured that many players and people and everyone says that I'm the next thing because I remember years ago when no one would really talk about me," he said. "It's nice to see that change and see myself growing as a player, and respected and also talked about."