FLASHBACK: Baghdatis profiled in 'Unstrung'


It’s not uncommon for professional tennis players to make the transition from athlete to tournament director. Now, one of the sport’s most beloved personalities in recent memory is joining that trend in a special way.

On Thursday, it was announced 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis will serve as tournament director for the IMG Future Stars Invitational. Hosted at the TATΟΪ Club in Athens, Greece, the inaugural event will welcome 24 boys and 24 girls under the age of 12 from around the world to compete.

“Since my retirement from professional tennis in 2019, I’ve loved helping and educating the next generation of tennis pros through coaching and mentoring,” Baghdatis said in a press release. “I can’t wait to meet the tournament participants at IMG Future Stars and be a part of shaping this new event.”

Baghdatis posted 12 consecutive Top 100 finishes from 2005 through 2016.

Baghdatis posted 12 consecutive Top 100 finishes from 2005 through 2016.

Beyond the competition on the court, the week-long tournament—which runs April 25 – May 1, 2022—is expected to provide a range of learning opportunities. Workshops will further educate families on the demands of a professional tennis career while offering wellness and nutrition best practices.

Coverage will stream on Tennis Channel International, with center court matches airing live on Tennis Channel Plus. Winners will advance to compete at the renowned Eddie Herr International Junior Championship in Bradenton, Fla.

Baghdatis lifted four ATP trophies during his career, peaking at No. 8 in the singles rankings, and was chosen by his delegation to represent Cyprus as flag bearer during the opening ceremony at the London Olympics.