Tsitsipas on course to reach 2019 goals
With the 2019 tennis season just over halfway complete, AGONAsport looks at how Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas has already achieved two of his four goals for the year.
Prior to the start of the season, the 20-year-old from Athens, then ranked 15 in the world, announced his four goals for the year. They included reaching the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament, breaking into the top 10, winning an ATP Masters 1000 level tournament, and qualifying for the ATP Finals in London. So far, the Greek has reached two of these four goals.
1. REACH THE SEMIFINALS OF A GRAND SLAM - DONE
Tsitsipas was able to do this at this season’s first Grand Slam, at the Australian Open back in January. He became the first Greek to ever make it to the semifinals of a Grand Slam in singles at the professional level.
2. BREAK INTO THE TOP 10 - DONE
On March 4, Tsitsipas found himself ranked inside the top 10 for the first time in his career, when the new weekly rankings were released. He is currently ranked number six.
3. WIN AN ATP MASTERS 1000 EVENT - TBA
With five of 2019’s Masters 1000 events complete and four still to be played, Tsitsipas is yet to win one. His best results this year were making the final in Madrid and semifinals in Rome. Tsitsipas also made the final of the Masters 1000 event in Toronto back in 2018. The next Masters 1000 event will be Montreal, which begins on August 5. After that, Tsitsipas will also have chances at the Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati, Shanghai, and Paris.
4. QUALIFY FOR ATP FINALS - TBA
Needing to be in the top 8 of the “Race to London” (year-to-date rankings) by the cutoff date in early November, Tsitsipas is definitely in a good position to qualify. He is currently sitting at fifth in the race, with 2,940 points.
It should be noted that Tsitsipas had previously announced three goals for the 2018 season, all of which were ultimately achieved. These included breaking into the top 50, reaching the round of 16 at a Grand Slam, and winning an ATP title. Therefore, he could reach all of his yearly goals for the second consecutive season, should he win an ATP Masters 1000 event and qualify for the ATP Finals.