STOCKHOLM, October 22, 2018
#NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday, defeating Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 to triumph at the Intrum Stockholm Open.
The 20-year-old is the first player from Greece to capture a tour-level crown. Tsitsipas joins an elite group that has won the title in the capital of Sweden, including Roger Federer, Boris Becker and Mats Wilander.
“This trophy, it is amazing… When I first came to this tournament, I saw all those names: Federer, [Juan Martin] Del Potro, and I was like, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be cool to have my name there one day?'” Tsitsipas said. “It happened this week. I was very focused, determined to win the tournament… I played great tennis and I deserve to have that spot.”
Tsitsipas earns €109,310 in prize money as well as 250 ATP-Ranking points.
British duo takes doubles title
Earlier in the day, Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara of Great Britain took the doubles crown. The unseeded duo defeated Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Wesley Koolhof from the Netherlands.
“We only started this year,” said O’Mara. “It has been pretty successful. We are very different people… but when we get on the court it just clicks well. We both do different things well and at the end of the day we just battled for every ball.”