Stefanos Tsitsipas is the name on almost every tennis fans’ lips these days. He rightfully deserves all the applause since he has become the first Greek tennis player to play in the semis of the French Open. But the institution that equally deserves the credit for his accomplishment is the Mouratoglou Academy, where Tsitsipas received his early training.
In its recent press release, the Mouratoglou Academy praised the 22-year-old for his phenomenal performance. It even unveiled how Patrick Mouratoglou, the founder of the Academy, got to know about the young and promising Greek player through a Youtube video. Patrick watched the video and immediately invited a 17-year-old Tsitsipas to the Academy. Patrick even described the incident in his own words. He said:
“When I saw the video of Stefanos playing at the Orange Bowl, a junior event in Florida, I was stunned by his qualities. Stef thinks like a champion and has enormous potential. He breathes tennis, he is ambitious, he is determined, and he is never satisfied.”
Ever since he joined the Academy in 2015, Tsitsipas has achieved many things. As of now, he has five ATP titles and has beaten the Big 3 at least once. It is due to this very reason that he also feels proud to be a part of the Academy.
“It’s important for me to be part of this community. To have a voice and to feel a connection with people who share the same passions. I’m really glad I get to be part of this family and that I get to inspire in a way,” wrote a cheerful Tsitsipas.
The press release even shared a YouTube video. In this, a teenager Tsitsipas is seen acting as a tour guide of the Academy.
Tsitsipas initially did all training and practice under his father, who was his first coach. Both he and his father are now a part of the Academy. His brother and sister also train under different programs of the Academy. Novak Djokovic also termed the Academy as one of the best Academies for the sport, while praising Tsitsipas before their match.
Tsitsipas is due to face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open 2020. He hasn’t won a Grand Slam yet. He has already earned a big name for himself, but it will be interesting to see how he manages his calm in a big match.