Stefanos Tsitsipas: "I was lucky enough to be approached by Patrick Moratoglou"

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: "I was lucky enough to be approached by Patrick Moratoglou"

Stefanos Tsitsipas started the season by participating in the new ATP Cup, where he failed to make it past Round Robin, taking one single win in the singles against Alexander Zverev, and two losses against Denis Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios.

He then returned to the Australian Open, where he beat Salvatore Caruso in three sets in the first round, he took advantage of the retirement of Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round but in the third round he was defeated by Milos Raonic with a score of 5-7 4-6 6-7.

Born into a tennis family where his mother was a professional on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour and his father was trained as a tennis coach, Tsitsipas was introduced to the sport at age three and began taking lessons at age six.

As a junior, he was ranked No. 1 in the world. He also became the third Greek player, and first Greek male in the Open Era, to win a junior Grand Slam title with a victory in the 2016 Wimbledon boys' doubles event. Behind the success of the young Greek, there is also the hand of Patrick Mouratoglou.

Patrick discovered Tsitsipas via Youtube and was immediately impressed. He invited the young Greek to train in his top-level Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. Stefanos is eternally grateful to Patrick for being such an illuminating influence: “I was lucky enough to be approached by Patrick Moratoglou when I was fourteen to fifteen years old.

I think most of my success has come from being part of the Moratoglou Tennis Academy. It has helped me so much growing as a tennis player and seeing tennis with another perspective. It’s really difficult to go up to professional tennis and stay in Greece.

It can be achieved, it can be possible, but it could be two to three times more difficult for someone to develop and pursue a career living in Greece” - Tsitsipas said.