Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the very few players who have achieved immense fame in their early twenties. However, age was not the only impediment for the 21-year-old. He was growing up in a country like Greece which did not have a very great tennis culture.
Despite that, he received the guiding arm of a coach who saw the talent in him at an extremely young age. We are talking about the iconic French coach Patrick Mouratoglou. A man who has curated talents like Markos Baghdatis and Serena Williams, Patrick was a blessing for young Stefanos.
In fact, the story of their union is almost like a fairy tale. Patrick discovered Tsistsipas via Youtube and was immediately impressed. He invited the young Greek to train in his top-level Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. The rest, as they say, is history. In a recent interview with Filipino magazine Tiebreaker Times, Tsitsipas opened up on the influence of Patrick Mouratoglou in his career.
What did Stefanos Tsitsipas say?
Stefanos is eternally grateful to Patrick for being such an illuminating influence-
“I was lucky enough to be approached by Patrick Moratoglou when I was fourteen to fifteen years old. I think most of my success has come from being part of the Moratoglou Tennis Academy. It has helped me so much growing as a tennis player and seeing tennis with another perspective. It’s really difficult to go up to professional tennis and stay in Greece.”
Tsitsipas revealed that the struggles of being a tennis player in Greece are real. In fact, he believes that it way more difficult for someone from the country to actually make a name for themselves in tennis-
“It can be achieved, it can be possible, but it could be two to three times more difficult for someone to develop and pursue a career living in Greece.”
Stefanos definitely deserves praise for punching above his weight. He is a special player for overcoming all the adversities and making it to the top. The future only looks bright for the young player.