Apostolos Tsitsipas – from a father to a tennis coach (Part 2)

In the early 90s, Apostolos studied training to be a tennis coach for three years in Vienna and Berlin. It was the golden age of German tennis with two major monuments Boris Becker and Steffi Graf.

But his small family demanded a more stable life, and so Apostolos took up a training job at a professional club in Athens. With 10 years of racket experience and seven years of leadership, he has tried to convey them to the students.

A few years later, when Stefanos told his father that he was ready to pursue a really serious tennis career, it was then that Apostolos had to confront himself about this view.

Both father and son have traveled together for nine years and Apostolos has helped his son jump 76 places during that period, from 91 to 15 on the ATP scoreboard. In just one year, Stefanos made a miraculous transformation from Milan, with the title of Next Gen ATP Finals 2018, arrived in London with the ATP Finals 2019 championship in the first time attending.

At the age of 21 and 3 months, Stefanos Tsitsipas has become the youngest champion in ATP Finals history, ever since former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in 2001 at the age of 20.

He finished the 2019 season with a record of 54 wins and 25 defeats. ATP Finals is Tsitsipas’s third ATP title of the year, after Marseille in February and Estoril in May.

Although he took his son to set a historic milestone for Greek tennis, Apostolos did not think he was the protagonist. The father who led his son every step of his career just said that he himself was lucky because his son chose him.

According to ATP, this can be considered a rare view among coaches of any sport, especially in the top competition. But in the specific case of Apostolos Tsitsipas it seems to be on the right track.

2019 is the fourth consecutive season, ATP Finals has a new champion. Before Stefanos Tsitsipas, respectively Andy Murray (2016), Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Alexander Zverev (2018) were crowned.