Just an amateur coach, who has never played tennis, but Apostolos has just 21-year-old son Stefanos Tsitsipas won the ATP Finals 2019.
As a child, Apostolos Tsitsipas used to play football with his brother in fenced yards. When growing up, Apostolos pursued a career in football and also basketball. He had a brief period with the Greek national team.
And if he followed that path, Apostolos would have become the coach of the team rather than turning to the professional tennis route.
An interesting detail is that not all coaches of the world’s top eight players have ever hit at ATP. And among those three were Apostolos.
Normally, with the accumulated experience, the former players will retire after becoming retired coaches. However, the success of others, which Apostolos is a representative, shows that playing before thousands of spectators on the O2 Arena is not a prerequisite to leading a player to the top 10. gender.
Apostolos, along with his wife, Ioulia Salnikova – a former female tennis player in the top 200 WTA, began coaching Stefanos from the age of three. While his father focused on his one-handed backhand and early ball skills, his mother kept the discipline. “Always do your best”, that was the encouraging phrase Stefanos Tsitsipas often heard.
When Stefanos was 12 years old, Apostolos devoted all his time to training his son. He traveled with Stefanos around the world, at youth tournaments. In the coach compartments, people always see the image of a silver-headed father applauding his son.
At the age of 20, Apostolos suddenly decided to switch to the racquet while he was attending his third year at the University of Athens. Three years later, he attended his first tennis tournament – the Greek league.
Since then, the coach has taken Apostolos to play in many places. In addition, he spent two years with his wife while Ioulia Salnikova was playing at the WTA.