Michail Pervolarakis speaks about Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Michail Pervolarakis speaks about Stefanos Tsitsipas

Pervolarakis too had things to say about his fellow countryman. “I texted with him sometimes, but we had never met. He’s a bit younger than me and I was in college for four years, so we didn’t meet in any Futures or something like that,” he said.

He’s a great person. I would consider him my friend already, even though I’ve known him for seven or 10 days. He’s very nice to talk to. And he’s a great tennis player to practice with. This team we have created I think will help everyone on every single dimension”.

Having qualified for the NCAA in the Singles event last year, thereby becoming the second player from his nation to do so, he considers the college tennis route to be a great option for young Greek players. I would definitely advise that.

A lot of kids when they’re 18, they’re not sure what they want to do and college tennis provides a great environment. Even if you want to make it as a professional tennis player, at the same time you have a degree as a second option,” he says.

“It’s not too late, I started playing professionally when I was 22, I’m 23 now, and it’s not too late. I mean, the top 100 average age is pretty high, 27 or something like that. So there is plenty of time, even if you go to college”.