“Ambitious for Tennis”: Patrick Mouratoglou Full of Praise for Stefanos Tsitsipas

Published 03/07/2021, 3:56 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Greek tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas has drawn accolades after reaching two back-to-back Grand Slam semifinals. At the Australian Open this year, World No. 5 had a successful run until he faced Daniil Medvedev. Prior to that match, he faced Rafael Nadal and won the match after losing the first two sets. 

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Recently, his coach Patrick Mouratoglou was in appreciation of Stefanos Tsitsipas after he came across the Greek player’s interview. In the interview, Stefanos speaks wisely and speaks about his recent performances. One can observe the maturity in the young athlete’s mindset. Although he has grown in the game with time passing by, he won’t be at peace until he lifts a Grand Slam.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi-final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Patrick Mouratoglou: “This interview shows the Stefanos Tsitsipas I know”

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The 50-year-old Frenchman was left impressed by the humble and positive attitude of his pupil. He went on and stated, “That very good interview shows the Stefanos Tsitsipas that I know: very human, very different (which to me is extremely positive) and very ambitious for his tennis.”

Tsitsipas has been training under the guidance of Patrick since 2015. Together, they train at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France. The duo has had a successful run so far and Patrick’s influence on the Greek talent has been positive. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, March 5, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his quarter final match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

In 2018, Stefanos reached a Masters 1000 final for the first time in his breakthrough season. In the following year, he made it to the semifinal of the Australian Open and ended on a high note, by winning the ATP Masters Finals. Last season, he had a career-best result at Roland Garros, reaching the semifinals too.

In the current season, Tsitsipas maintained a high level of gameplay before losing in the semifinal. As the season is in its initial phase, the rising Greek star will look to create an impact for himself. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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