Tsitsipas to Make Fourth Consecutive Appearance at ATP Finals

Tsitsipas to Make Fourth Consecutive Appearance at ATP Finals
Stefanos Tsitsipas alongside teammates at the Laver Cup. September 24, 2022. O2 Arena, London. Photo Courtesy: Laver Cup.

World number six, Stefanos Tsitsipas, qualifies for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be staged in Turin next November, for a fourth consecutive time on Friday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is the fourth of an eight-player top singles field to punch his ticket for the year-end championships set to take place in Turin, Italy, at the Pala Alpitour Arena from November 13 to 20.

The 2019 champion joins Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz and Norway’s top racquet Casper Ruud who have already secured their place at the Nitto ATP Finals.

The 24-year-old, ranked at World No. 6, has captured two ATP titles thus far this season, defending his title at the prestigious Monte Carlo Masters 1000, contested on clay, becoming a two-time champion in the Principality.

In June, he made his debut at the Mallorca Championships, earning his maiden trophy on the grass courts by beating home favorite Roberto Bautista Agut at the ATP 250 event.

Furthermore, the Athens-born player has reached three finals in 2022, Rotterdam, Rome, and Cincinnati.

Overall, the 9-time ATP titlist is enjoying a balanced season that saw him moving into the Australian Open semifinals, losing to second seed Daniil Medvedev in a highly competitive four-set clash.

In February, Tsitsipas contested the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, reaching the semifinals in singles at the ATP 500 staged in Acapulco, falling to eventual runner-up Briton Cameron Norrie.

Meanwhile, he also played doubles at the tournament, pairing with Spanish player Feliciano Lopez. Together, they clinched victory to lift the trophy, a first for Greece’s number one, breaking new ground on Mexican soil.

In that regard, the Greek player has already committed to making his third consecutive appearance at the venue, which celebrates its 30th edition in 2023, running from February 27 to March 4.

The event’s organization held a press conference last week, announcing that Tsitsipas, World No.1 Alcaraz, and World No.2 Ruud are the first Top 10 players confirmed to play in Acapulco next year.

Last week, he joined Team Europe at the Laver Cup in London, winning one of the two matches he played.

Addressing his performance, he asserted: “I played with my heart. I played for the team. I played for my continent.”

The Laver Cup was the first competition he competed in since his early exit at the U.S. Open in late August.

Apostolos Tsitsipas’s pupil and son turned professional in 2016, cracking into the Top 5 in 2019, the same year he claimed the season-ending title, edging former World No. 3 Dominic Thiem at the O2 Arena in London.

Ever since, he has continued to raise his level, improving his game, which led him to achieve a career-high at World No. 3 by 2021.

Throughout his career, he has reached five Grand Slam semifinals, going the distance in 2021 at the French Open by becoming a major’s finalist - lost to Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller.

Along the way, the charismatic player has also experienced setbacks, perhaps the most challenging was the elbow surgery that forced him to withdraw from the Finals last season.

In November, he underwent surgery on his right elbow, beginning the recovery process.

Ahead of pre-season in Dubai, he took to his social media to share his thoughts, writing: “Things often get tougher before they get easier, but with each struggle, we get an opportunity to create our own unique story.”

Despite the difficult moment, the Greek warrior would return to tour level in good spirits, and the rest is history.

Only four men’s singles spots remain available for the Finals, which also features the world’s best eight doubles pairs.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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