Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is keen to use his position to inspire the next generation of Greek players. The Vouliagmeni-born star has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the ATP Tour and at only 20-years-old, looks set for a bright future in the game.
Tsitsipas lost to Rafael Nadal on clay in the final of the Barcelona Open and then demonstrated his versatility with another defeat to the Spaniard in the showpiece at the Canadian Open on the hard courts.
A fourth round appearance at Wimbledon has also contributed to him reaching number 15 in the world, after only breaking into the top 100 late last year.
Greek tennis does not exactly have a rich history but Tsitsipas sees himself as someone who can inspire the next generation, with his brother Petros also trying to make it on Tour.
Rather than be in awe of his surroundings, the youngster says he feels an obligation to ensure he makes the most of his potential to show the other players coming through what they can achieve.
“I always know I’m on court for a reason – to complete a job and make something at its finest,” he told the ATP Website. “I’m super hungry to win matches and get up in the ATP Rankings, to be the best in my country.
“It’s very motivating to be the one who can create history in Greece and have kids look up to me later. They, like my parents did after my early losses, can be the ones chasing after me and shouting my name. I can inspire them and be the leader of tennis in Greece.
“It won’t get easier. I’ll only get better.”