Incredible – Stefanos Tsitsipas shows us a glimpse of his new home in Monaco
So he uploaded a photo from the balcony and wrote: “A new home is a place for memories to be made and dreams to come true.”
He, like other top tennis players, declares Monte Carlo as his headquarters, mainly for tax reasons.
The Greek tennis player was congratulated for the change by Patrick Mouratoglou and also former tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, who welcomed him to the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, at last year’s Nitto ATP Finals, Tsitsipas was forced to cut his tournament short with a right-elbow injury.
While lingering effects from surgery left the Greek “extremely sceptical” about his level upon his return, Tsitsipas surprised himself and his doctors by making a strong start to the 2022 season, competing in the ATP Cup and reaching the Australian Open semi-finals.
He would go on to win two tour-level titles in a consistent year, defending his Monte Carlo crown and also triumphing in Mallorca as he claimed a Tour-leading 60 wins.
Now set for his fourth consecutive appearance at the season finale, the 2019 London champion reflected with ATPTour.com on his season, his past success at the year-end event and his hopes for this year in Turin.
Following the disappointment of his withdrawal midway through the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals — the event’s debut in Turin — Tsitsipas is looking forward to a successful return to the year-end showcase in front of the Italian fans.
“I unfortunately played just one match and I didn’t really have the opportunity to show my real game out there,” he said of last season. “I’m really excited to be playing in Italy. The Italians are really passionate when it comes to tennis. They put a lot of their energy out on the courts and the stadiums. They have a great culture in tennis the last couple of years.
“They’ve always loved my game, they’ve always greeted me very nicely. They have a sort of different aura when it comes to the game, which I appreciate a lot.”
A finalist in Rome this season, and a champion at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2018, Tsitsipas has fond memories of playing in Italy and credits the Italian fans for their active participation in matches.
“I always have a great time playing in Italy in front of the Italian kids — a lot of them show up to watch the tennis,” he said. “And also other amateur enthusiasts and followers of the sport that not only watch the game, but also bring in the ambience and create an atmosphere that elevates us players to play game.”
Tsitsipas begins each year with a simple objective regarding the Nitto ATP Finals.
“The goal is to qualify as soon as possible,” he shared, with a laugh. “I always have it in the back of my mind. It would be super cool if I would have found a way to win three Grand Slams in a row, and a few Masters, and I would have qualified by [Roland Garros]. I don’t know if that’s a record or anything, but I always have my mind on these kinds of records that I want. Obviously I never had the opportunity to do that.
“Qualifying as soon as possible. It lets off some… not pressure, but expectation. It’s good to know that you already made it, and you can continue the rest of the season perhaps focusing on something else.”
His position in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin and in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings is always top of mind as he maps out his schedule during the year.
“I do chase points a lot,” he admitted. “I know they are very important. I understand their value, what they can offer in terms of a ranking upgrade or having a better season than the ones before. I calculate, of course, I try to use my mind to improve in terms of points, things like defending and all that stuff. I always am willing to go play tournaments if that’s going to give me points, if that’s going to help me get better in the rankings.”
When Tsitsipas won the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals title in London, he became the only player to lift the trophy at both that event and at the Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals.
Even more impressive is that the London triumph came in the Greek’s finale debut, one year after his Milan title run.
“That was a great week for me. I started off the week really enjoying the fact that I was playing there and nothing really crossed my mind other than that,” he reflected. “There were not really a lot of expectations. The fact that I was part of the ‘Big 8’ was already such a great feeling.
“I tried to play every single match as best I could, without doubting certain decisions or overthinking. It was pure tennis, and it somehow worked in my favour. I was really getting the best of out of my game in every single one of my matches.”
After going 2-1 in the group stage, defeating Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev but losing to Rafael Nadal, Tsitsipas downed record six-time champion Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 in the semis before edging Dominic Thiem 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(4) in the title match.
“I had a very good match with Roger, with very good serving and very good baseline management. And a thrilling final against Dominic where we both left everything out there. It was an unbelievable final with a lot of intensity, with a lot of pressure points to deal with and a very close battle with fine margins.”
Back at the Nitto ATP Finals for a fourth straight year, can Tsitsipas hit top form once again down the stretch? A second title would see the Greek join an exclusive club as the 11th man to be fitted for multiple crowns at the year-end event.