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Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has voiced his admiration for former Brazilian Grand Slam champion Gustavo Kuerten.
In a chat with rolandgarros.com, the current World Number 6 said that he grew up admiring Kuerten or ‘Guga’, he and also spoke about certain similarities in his appearance with the former Brazilian star.
He said many also pointed to their similar styles of play. “When I started playing, I remember many people were saying that we have a similar game style, similar hair – although mine is a bit more wavy, not than curly,” Tsitsipas said.
While there is, indeed, a subtle difference in how the two men style their hair, the similarities in their tennis are almost uncanny.
The Greek dishes out an aggressive brand of tennis, in much the same vein as the three-time Grand Slam-winning Brazilian, and his powerful serve and groundstrokes also invite direct parallels with Guga.
Tsitsipas revealed that he has even been in touch with the Brazilian on Twitter.
“He’s always willing to help”: Stefanos Tsitsipas on Kuerten
On whether there is a chance of them entering into a professional relationship, the long-haired Greek said that Kuerten is majorly caught up with his family life right now, which doesn’t leave him with enough time to be his coach.
“But he told (me) that he’s always willing to help, which is really nice of him,” Tsitsipas said, adding that the Brazilian assured him of help and advice through digital media whenever he is in need of some.
In awe of the Brazilian’s effervescence, energy, and undying love for the game even so many years after retirement, Tsitsipas called him a “lovely person”.
The Greek star is currently under quarantine ahead of the Australian Open and will lead his country into the ATP Cup in Brisbane before launching his campaign at Melbourne Park.
One of the many salivating encounters at the team event will be the one pitting Tsitsipas against World Number 2 Rafael Nadal on February 4.
The Greek star fell to Canadian Milos Raonic in the third round of the Australian Open last year and will be eyeing a title run this year.
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The Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas has certainly established himself in the game. The young 22-year-old is one of the most talented players on tour, available from the current crop.
On occasions, Tsitsipas has produced tennis of the highest quality. Performances during certain tournaments have led him to achieve glory.
However, the only aspect lacking in his game is that he fails to maintain consistency. It’s natural for a player of his age to try out things to figure out various strategies.
For a player who has been the highest-ranked at the junior levels, it surely makes way for an exciting prospect in the making.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas training in Dubai ahead of the first Major in 2021
With the first grand slam of the new year around the corner, players have intensified their training routines. Speaking of the Greek, he has been training at the Mouratoglou tennis academy in Dubai.
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The recently opened tennis academy in the UAE has been witnessing A-list players training strongly, like Kristina Mladenovic and now Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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Over the years, Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou has been busy grooming youngsters. Players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff train under the super coach.
Mouratoglou has been around the game for over 2 decades. He founded the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in 1996 near Paris.
Coming back to Tsitsipas, he beat Roger Federer in their 2019 match at the Australian Open. The win that night did give the world a little glimpse into the future of the men’s game.
Later that year, he won the season-ending ATP Finals, which boosted his confidence. In 2020, the man from Greece made it to the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Over the past couple of seasons, Stefanos has made it to the semi-finals at 2 different majors.
As we move into the next season, we do expect him to grow and develop. With the likes of Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev advancing themselves, Tsitsipas will surely look to take a leap forward.
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