They are respectively 19 and 18 years old. Last year, they – both in their own way – have been using a handheld megaphone to tell the world of their talent. If they continue on the path they have set forth on, they are likely to play leading roles on the ATP tour in the coming years. 2017 was the year of the revelation. 2018 will be the year of the confirmation. And the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy will be more than ever by their side.
This year, Stefanos Tsitsipas (who jumped from world No. 210 to No. 80 in the ATP rankings in 12 months) and Alexei Popyrin (the 2017 Roland-Garros junior champion) will form the ‘Mouratoglou Team’, or 'Team M'. Assuming that this season will be key in their development and that they need to live it under the best possible conditions, the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy has decided to cover most of their expenses for 2018. We thought that it was the best way to maximize their potential.
It might look like a gamble, but we see it as a unique opportunity to get involved in the future success of two of the current hottest prospects in men's tennis.
- At 19 years and 6 months of age, Stefanos Tsitsipas is the current 2nd youngest player of the Top 100 after Denis Shapovalov (#44, 18 years and 8 months).
- He has already claimed the status of best male Greek player of all time.
- A former junior world No. 1, he clinched the Boys’ Wimbledon doubles title with his partner Kenneth Raisma in 2016.
- He was the first alternate at the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals that was held in Milan in November. Despite being ranked as the 8th best under-21 player, Tsitsipas was superseded by Italian wild-card Gianluigi Quinzi.
- He made his Grand Slam debut at the 2017 French Open, where he qualified for the main draw. He repeated the achievement at Wimbledon. At the 2018 Australian Open, he directly entered the main draw for the first time.
- He secured his first career top 10 win at Antwerp in 2017 over David Goffin. His 2018-best win came over Richard Gasquet in Doha.
- Alexei Popyrin achieved a career-high combined junior ranking of No. 2 on June 12, 2017, right after clinching the Boys’ title at the French Open.
- He also reached the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open Boys’ tournament.
- In January 2018, he was awarded a wildcard into the Australian Open – his first Grand Slam appearance. He also qualified for his first ATP event period with wins over No. 68 Federico Delbonis and No. 103 Nicolas Mahut.
- He's currently ranked 477th in the world.