WATCH: When Stefanos Tsitsipas Had No Idea He Had Qualified For The ATP Finals

Published 03/16/2020, 1:53 PM EDT
Stefanos Tsitsipas


Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas had the year of his dream in 2019. Starting off with a spectacular performance that saw him reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open, Tsitsipas capped off his year by winning the Nitto ATP Finals. His rise to the top shocked the world as he achieved one milestone after another demolishing quality opponents along the way.

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However, something very peculiar happened regarding Tsitsipas’ qualification for the ATP Finals. Apparently, the 21-year-old had no clue that he would be competing at the year-ending championships.

How did this weird turn of events transpire? Let’s find out.

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How did Stefanos Tsitsipas forget something so important? 

The insurgent Greek star was competing at the Shanghai Open at that time. He had just achieved one of the biggest victories of his life. Stefanos had defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

However, he had also achieved something that he had no idea of. The Greek star had qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals in London. Honestly, that’s a pretty great achievement and players keep a track of the points they are securing in the race for a qualification spot at the year-ending championships. However, the 21-year-old was keeping no track.

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As soon as the interviewer asked his reaction on this achievement, he was shocked that he had actually achieved this incredible milestone. This is how his reaction went –

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“No way! Really? I didn’t know that! Yes! I had no clue honestly really. Is that secure? That’s true, you can see my reaction. I had no idea. I wasn’t even looking at any rankings. Tried to get away from that as much as possible.”

As things went, Tsitsipas would actually gonna to win the Nitto ATP Finals. Along the way, he defeated legends like Roger Federer and his contemporaries like Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem. 2019 would truly become the year of Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Aryan Sharma is a WWE and Tennis author and editor at EssentiallySports. Being a journalism graduate from Delhi University, he combines his love for creating content with an astute knowledge of almost three eras of professional wrestling. He's also a Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova fan and likes to write on the social impact of these two legends beyond their achievements on the tennis court.

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