The Caja Mágica is getting ready to welcome one of the biggest names in the #NextGenATP. The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, number 44 in the ATP Ranking at 19 years of age, has been invited to take part in the main draw of the Mutua Madrid Open and to continue demonstrating his promising ability on clay. It is a chance to nurture the progress of an emerging talent in the men’s game.
The Greece native comes to Madrid in the form of his life. Days after reaching his first ATP World Tour final at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where only Rafael Nadal was able to stop him, the Athenian will now enjoy the challenge of repeating the feat at the Masters 1000 in the Spanish capital.
The organisers have granted the international invitation to Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who was first given the wildcard, had to withdraw from the tournament due to a left-knee injury.
“I’m sorry about Kokkinakis’ injury, I wish him a quick and complete recovery”, stated Manolo Santana, director of the Mutua Madrid Open. “I enjoyed watching Tsitsipas at the tournament in Barcelona and was impressed by his potential on clay. He is deserving of a place at our tournament and I am convinced that he will entertain the fans in the Caja Mágica”, ended Santana.
The stats do not lie. In a season in which he burst into the elite of world tennis, the Greek has gone from world no. 91 to no .44 in the first four months of 2018.
Mutua It is a significant opportunity for Stefanos Tsitsipas; he will be visiting the Spanish capital for the first time in his career and, as his experience on the tour grows, Madrid will be the fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 of his career.