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Stefanos Tsitsipas was born in August 1998 in Athens. His mother Julia Salnikova was a professional tennis player in the 1980s, featuring as part of the WTA Tour. She met his father, Apostolos, while playing at a WTA event in which he was a linesman.
 
 
During Stefanos’ childhood, both his parents worked at the tennis courts of a local resort as coaches. It was there at the age of three that Stefanos picked up his first racket, prior to beginning lessons when he was six.
 
Stefanos made an instant impact in his junior career, quickly rising to number one ranking. In his breakout year, he reached at least the quarterfinals of all eight tournaments that he played, including all four Grand Slams, prior to claiming his first Grade A title with the Trofeo Bonfiglio.
 
His professional career has begun with similar success. He advanced to the final of the 2018 Toronto Masters, becoming the youngest player ever - at the age of just 19 - to beat four top ten opponents at a single event since the ATP Tour was established in 1990. He also became the youngest ATP Tour Masters 100 finalist since Novak Djokovic. This led him to reach a career high of number five in the world, making him the highest ranked Greek player in history.
 
In 2019, a year after winning the Next Gen Finals, during his first ATP Finals appearance, Stefanos defeated Dominic Thiem to become the youngest player to win the year-end event since 2001.
 
When he is not on court, Stefanos pursues his passion for content creation and digital arts. He enjoys vlogging from major cities while on tour, taking pictures, and producing his podcast, which he calls ‘A Greek Abroad’. He is also a strong advocate for sustainability and philanthropy, acting as an ambassador for ‘Mazi Gia to Paidi’ – a Greek organization that helps underprivileged children.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was born in August 1998 in Athens. His mother Julia Salnikova was a professional tennis player in the 1980s, featuring as part of the WTA Tour. She met his father, Apostolos, while playing at a WTA event in which he was a linesman.
 
 
During Stefanos’ childhood, both his parents worked at the tennis courts of a local resort as coaches. It was there at the age of three that Stefanos picked up his first racket, prior to beginning lessons when he was six.
 
Stefanos made an instant impact in his junior career, quickly rising to number one ranking. In his breakout year, he reached at least the quarterfinals of all eight tournaments that he played, including all four Grand Slams, prior to claiming his first Grade A title with the Trofeo Bonfiglio.
 
His professional career has begun with similar success. He advanced to the final of the 2018 Toronto Masters, becoming the youngest player ever - at the age of just 19 - to beat four top ten opponents at a single event since the ATP Tour was established in 1990. He also became the youngest ATP Tour Masters 100 finalist since Novak Djokovic. This led him to reach a career high of number five in the world, making him the highest ranked Greek player in history.
 
In 2019, a year after winning the Next Gen Finals, during his first ATP Finals appearance, Stefanos defeated Dominic Thiem to become the youngest player to win the year-end event since 2001.
 
When he is not on court, Stefanos pursues his passion for content creation and digital arts. He enjoys vlogging from major cities while on tour, taking pictures, and producing his podcast, which he calls ‘A Greek Abroad’. He is also a strong advocate for sustainability and philanthropy, acting as an ambassador for ‘Mazi Gia to Paidi’ – a Greek organization that helps underprivileged children.

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