Patricio Apey, the agent and advisor of tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas, says the Greek tennis star's win at the ATP Finals in November certainly bodes well for his future. Speaking in an exclusive interview to the Tennis365 website, Apey says, “There is never smoke without fire so winning a title like the ATP Finals at 21 years old certainly bodes well for his future.
In an era where 30+ is the normal age for players in the top 10, we must keep the perspective of these young players that start making noise at the bigger events. His mindset won’t change necessarily but the expectations of the media and others will change because he has made a big splash at a big event.
Hopefully this serves as a building block rather than unrealistic expectations. So far he has dealt with it very well. He has a very strong mindset and believes in his destiny”. Apey adds that the crowd in London cheering him on to the title was a big moment for him.
“In 30 years of watching professional tennis, I have never heard a crowd pick up a player at a key point of the match like in that match. The chanting of “Hellas Tsitsipas” echoed in all of our heads for hours and hours after that match.
There was something magical about that moment that I am sure if Stefanos goes on to have a great career, will have had an important impact on his journey. It was as if the UK public identified their ‘Next Gen’ player and if some of those fans also cheer for him at Wimbledon in that way, we could be in for a very exciting next decade.
They certainly firmly put themselves in the heart of Stefanos”. Speaking about the youngster, Apey says Stefanos is an excellent guy to work with and very open to feedback from those around him. "Stefanos is an excellent guy to work with.
He is very thoughtful and appreciates the advice he receives from all the grey-haired people around him. He takes everything on board and has a very unique outlook on things. For example, after the ATP Finals you can pretty much expect many players doing the same selfie on Instagram in the Maldives, usually in an infinity pool.
Whereas Stefanos preferred to travel to Iceland and Oman – and enjoyed every minute of his adventures. He has a very occupied mind with a thirst for exploring and creating. His vlogs speak for themselves in this regard and whilst it can be normal in young adults to explore the world, for a professional athlete of 21 years old, this is a very refreshing outlook that I know the public appreciates”.