Stefanos Tsitsipas embraces ‘unimaginable’ experience of first doubles title victory with Petro Tsitsipas

Siblings’ partnerships have always been formidable double pairings. The Williams sisters were so amazing that they paired up in 14 Grand Slam events and won 14, then in three Olympic tournaments and won three gold medals. On the men’s side, Bob and Mike Bryan dominated the double court from 2005 until 2014, winning 16 Grand Slam major titles in the process.

In the just concluded European Open doubles championship in Antwerp, Greek siblings Stefanos and Petro Tsutsipas emerge victorious, clinching their first-ever doubles title as a team since they first partnered at the 2021 Australian Open.

Who is Stefanos Tsitsipas’ brother?

Stefanos Tsitispas’s junior brother Petro was born on July 27, 2000. Petro Tsitsipas has seen success hard to come in recent years. The Greek made his first ATP singles debut as a qualifier in the 2021 Open 13 Provence in Marseille but lost to Alejendro Davidovich in the first round in 45 minutes, compared to Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won the next ATP Masters in Monte Carlo.

Stefanos Tsitsipas
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The Greek siblings first partnered at the 2021 Australian Open as qualifiers and lost in the first round. At the 2021 Rotterdam Open and the 2021 Open 13 Provence, they also paired but couldn’t get past the second round in both events. In Monte Carlo that same year, they reached the round of 16 for the first time, shockingly defeating Kevin Krawletz and Horia Tecau.

In the 2023 ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam, Stefanos and Petro received their thirteenth qualifying place and lost in the first round of the competition. But their first and major success came in the double ATP titles in Antwerp, defeating Ariel Behar and Adam Pavlasek in the finals. Petros Tsitsipas broke into the Top 100 in doubles for the first time, soaring from No. 110 to No. 81 after winning the first ATP doubles title of his career in Antwerp alongside his big brother Stefanos.

Stefano Tsitsipas talks on winning title with his brother

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who received game-changing advice from ex-Tennis star Andrea Petkovic, has revealed that he is excited to win the Euopean Open title alongside his brother Petros. After world no. 7 lost in the semifinals of the single game against Arthur Fils, he made sure to put in his best and secure a title for his brother. They defeated the pairing of Uruguayan Ariel Behar and Czech Adam Pavlasek in a hard-fought match that ended 6-7 (5), 6-4, and 10-8.

Stefanos Tsitsipas says winning the first doubles title with his brother Petros is more special than his singles titles: “There are certainly a lot of emotions. I must say that I have played a lot of tournaments in my life, I have won a lot of titles, and I have great memories. But this one struck me in a different way, and I can say with great confidence that it is probably one of the most emotional and important moments of my career, even more than the singles titles.”

“Being able to win with my brother is unimaginable. We were little kids running around hitting tennis balls and it would never have occurred to us that we would have the opportunity to play ATP 250, 500 or 1000. I would like to thank Petros and everyone who made this possible. We have come a long way and I really hope we can continue to do so. And that we can support each other in our own way and make this journey a dream,” Stefanos Tsitsipas added.

Stefanos Tsitsipas will compete at the ATP 500 Vienna Open, where he will face Dominic Thiem, with a head-to-head record currently tied at 5-5.

Victor Okechukwu

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