In Episode 6 of the YouTube Series “The Lost Tapes”, powered by Stoiximan, Vassilis Skountis sits down for a rare interview with world class professional tennis player and the current No. 5 in singles standings Stefanos Tsitsipas!!
Watch the full interview here: https://youtu.be/sEScdI5JH5M
Born into a tennis family, as his mother was a professional on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour and his father was trained as a tennis coach – Stefanos was introduced to the sport at the age of three and began taking lessons at the age of six. As a junior, he was ranked No. 1 in the world, while he became the third Greek player, and the first Greek male in the Open Era, to win a junior Grand Slam title with a victory in the 2016 Wimbledon boys’ doubles event.
He has been ranked as high as world’s No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which he first achieved on August 9th 2021, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history. He was also the champion at the 2019 ATP Finals, becoming the youngest winner of the year-end championships in eighteen years. He has won seven ATP singles titles and appeared in a major final at the 2021 French Open, which he lost to Novak Djokovic after leading by two sets to love. He is also a three-time semifinalist at the Australian Open.
Tsitsipas was named as the 2019 Greek Male Athlete of the Year and his many accolades include the following:
- Top-ranked Greek of all time; achieved career-high No. 5 in August 2019, No. 4 in June 2021 and No. 3 in August 2021.
- Five-time Grand Slam semi-finalist; became 1st Greek Grand Slam finalist at 2021 Roland Garros, as well as youngest Grand Slam finalist at age 22 since Murray, 22, at 2010 Australian Open.
- Captured 7 ATP Tour titles including 2021 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo and 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, becoming youngest year-end champion at age 21 since Hewitt, 20, in 2001.
- Earned 4 Top-10 wins en route to 2018 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto final at age 19 (d. Thiem, Djokovic, A. Zverev and Anderson; l. to No. 1 Nadal on 20th birthday).
- Youngest of 26 players to defeat Nadal on clay and youngest of 28 to beat Nadal (2019 Madrid SF), Federer (2019 Australian Open 4R) and Djokovic (2018 Toronto 3R), sweeping Big 3 before turning 21.
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