The 2018 US Open in Review
Tsitsipas has his own YouTube channel mostly dedicated to his series of travel vlogs. All in all, he's a well-rounded youth with his antennae out in various directions. Should Tsitsipas' career continue to skyrocket, that could become a problem: Great players tend to become consumed by the sport.
When you win, you need to work harder than before. You need to keep consistency. It's a bigger responsibility. I expect myself to perform better in the next couple of months, so I am going to try to handle this [success] as mature as possible. Tsitsipas's father, Apostolos, is Greek.
His mother, Julia Apostoli-Salnikova, is Russian. As a teenager, Salnikova had been ranked as high as No. Stefanos is the oldest of four tennis-playing siblings both parents were involved in club-level coaching. When it became clear that Stefanos had world-class talent, Apostolos dropped all else to study coaching at the University of Athens. He became his oldest son's coach and chaperone.
He risked everything since the beginning, when we had absolutely nothing, and started traveling with me. Apostolos isn't the only "legend" in Tsitsipas' gallery of heroes. In fact, he has quite the palette: But it's probably impossible -- he has 10 million followers" , Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. The "risk" paid off when Tsitsipas became the No.
He won his first ATP match in late , then broke through to the elite level when he achieved the final of Barcelona this spring. Tsitsipas built on that success. He knocked out four top players including Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev to reach the final of Toronto just weeks ago. Tsitsipas appears to have plenty of room to grow. Stylistically, he's an all-courter, with seemingly vast stores of energy backed by clean strokes and a Federer-esque appetite for swashbuckling, glittering tennis.
He can stay back, come in, slice, hit the one-handed slice. There's a question of how long it will take him to put the package together, but look at the package, add the attitude and court presence, and this is a guy who could take the game by storm. Novak Djokovic , beaten by Tsitsipas in Toronto, said: He's putting in the hours in the gym and on the court and it's paying off.
The "package" McEnroe described may come with an owner's manual recommending that Tsitsipas back away from some of his avocations and focus, like most of the best players, on his career quest. There will be pressure to change, to become more conventional and exclusively focused. I don't think so, not really. I will keep doing it the way I do it because I enjoy it. Of course people will be watching, but I should keep doing what I do.
It isn't just about the vlogging, either. Tsitsipas is plugged in, but also aware of the value of pulling the plug, too. Tsitsipas said he likes to leave his smartphone behind whenever he can, like when he goes out to dinner in New York during this tournament.
He came to the conclusion some time ago that people lose too much time staring at screens, "scrolling all the time. I miss those times of my childhood. That childhood was spent in the Greek village of Vouliagmeni, a seaside suburb south of Athens. Tsitsipas said it's still his favorite place, a hillside enclave with plenty of green, a lovely beach not far below.
The tranquility may be hard to come by in future visits home. Tsitsipas made his stunning run to the final in Toronto shortly after the worst of the wild fires that ravaged Greece in late July. His performance in Canada became a welcome distraction from the tragedy. They told me, 'Grandpas in some villages started watching tennis. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?
But his loss to the 37th-ranked Basilashvili means Sock still has not won two consecutive matches all year. It was a surprisingly early exit for the year-old Greek after his strong hard-court season. He had 64 unforced errors against just 27 winners in the match that lasted 2 hours, 48 minutes. Tsitsipas beat four top opponents in Toronto -- becoming the youngest player to do so at an event since the ATP World Tour began in -- before losing to Nadal in the final.
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