When Stefanos Tsitsipas was three years old, he was handed a tennis racquet for the first time—as well as a script.
Born into a tennis family, Tsitsipas was coached by his dad Apostolos and mom Julia, a former pro, with all three of his younger siblings also playing the sport. It’s a story that has been told countless times: a gifted child picks up a sport before he can read or write, and then he eventually dedicates his life to the grueling pursuit of athletic greatness.
The Greek player’s path was seemingly laid out before him. But fitting into a box has never been Tsitsipas’ specialty. The 23-year-old’s approach to tennis feels less like an all-consuming job and more like a passionate Gen-Z’s main hustle, or one of his many creative interests.
“I think tennis is one of the best jobs in the world, playing tennis, making it for a living,” Tsitsipas said in 2021. “I'm employed on my own, I'm self-employed, and that's what I love about this. I get to choose when I work, where I work…
“The beauty of [tennis] is being able to express yourself through your strokes and being able to showcase your personality in front of thousands, maybe even millions of people everywhere around the world.”