Greece’s 21-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas captured the biggest title of his career being crowned the winner of the Nitto ATP Finals 2019 and earning $2,656,000 in prize money.
The Greek debutant was the youngest of the eight qualifiers for the elite season-ender and Tsitsipas displayed his best performance to claim his biggest title to date.
The sixth-seeded Greek defeated fifth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(4) in two hours and 35 minutes in the championship in London.
At 21 years and three months, Tsitsipas is the youngest Nitto ATP Finals champion since former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt (20) in 2001 in Sydney.
“I have no clue how I played so well in the second set,” said Tsitsipas. “I think my mind was at ease and I wasn’t really thinking of much, which led to such a great performance in the second set, breaking him twice,” said Tsitsipas.
“The crowd was just phenomenal, having such an army behind me while I am on the court. They give me so much energy. They give me the belief that I can achieve the things I want to achieve on the court. They motivate me. They just give me so much energy in general and I just love that. I would like to thank every single one who came here to support me today with the Greek flags. They made it feel like home.”
Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Prokopios Pavlopoulos have congratulated Tsitsipas and thanked the young athlete for putting Greece on the international stage, becoming the first Greek player to compete at the ATP Finals.