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The star after Djokovic and Williams

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STEFANOS TSITSIPAS (20)

Globetrotter with a camera

Don’t be surprised if the mature thirty-somethings Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic tomorrow in Melbourne their umpteenth silverware harvest, but still shows this Australian Open also that there are behind them are more and more young violence samentroept. Standard bearers of the new generation are Stefanos Tsitsipas and Danielle Collins, debutants to the last four at a major and owners of a story.

Danielle Collins earned a university degree before the proftennis to enter. epa

DANIELLE COLLINS (25)

Cinderella at the age of

BRUSSELWeinig had a suspicion that Collins ever in the semi-final of a major would end up. Her five previous races at a grand slam were always in a defeat for naught, but in Australia crossed the Us the stove on with that history. That 0-5 is now 5-5. On her way to her semi-final switched to Collins three reekshoofden. Especially the 6-0, 6-2 which they Angelique Kerber – former no. 1 and three-time grand slam-winner – to the ears slapped, bare any look. A year ago, played Collins and an anonymous Challenger in Newport Beach, and she was 162ste on the WTA ranking, but her Australian successes guiding her towards the top twenty.

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The star after Djokovic and Williams

Don’t be surprised if the mature thirty-somethings Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic tomorrow in Melbourne their umpteenth silverware harvest, but still shows this Australian Open also that there are behind them are more and more young violence samentroept. Standard bearers of the new generation are Stefanos Tsitsipas and Danielle Collins, debutants to the last four at a major and owners of a story.

  1. Globetrotter with a camera

  2. Cinderella at the age of

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS (20)

Globetrotter with a camera

Don’t be surprised if the mature thirty-somethings Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic tomorrow in Melbourne their umpteenth silverware harvest, but still shows this Australian Open also that there are behind them are more and more young violence samentroept. Standard bearers of the new generation are Stefanos Tsitsipas and Danielle Collins, debutants to the last four at a major and owners of a story.

Stefanos Tsitsipas: “A huge talent, with the right attitude’. Corinne Dubreuil/abaca

Marc Vermeiren

BRUSSELMet 20 years and 168 days was Stefanos Tsitsipas the youngest man since Novak Djokovic at the US Open 2007 semi final of a major recession. He is, after all, the first Greek ever in that stage.

In Melbourne got Tsitsipas are jeugdidool Roger Federer are already on the knees. If he is in the semi-final over Rafael Nadal, he is the first player since David Goffin at the Masters 2017 in the same tournament the Twin Towers fells.

Expectations?

Insiders see the young Greek quick-connect at the global pick. Patrick Mouratoglou, coach of Serena Williams, believes that there are no borders for Tsitsipas. Analyst Patrick McEnroe praises his versatility. ‘A huge talent, with the right attitude.’

Tsitsipas can first player since Goffin on Masters 2017 to be in the same tournament, the ‘Twin Towers’ velt

His competitors see greatest things to play for Stefanos Tsitsipas. ‘All his work on the field and in the gym is starting to pay off, ” said Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer joined thereto. ‘You see him every month improve.”

John McEnroe went all the way into overdrive after Tsitsipas’ victory against the Swiss. Big Mac spoke openly about a changing of the guard.

Even more than the crowned heads with their bulging list of achievements should be the intermediate – Dimitrov, Nishikori, Goffin, etc. – are concerned about the burgeoning talent from the Balkans.

Background?

His father Apostolos is Greek, his mother Julia has Russian roots. As a teenager in the Soviet Union was Julia at the top of the national rankings, but conflicts with the federation fnuikten her chances. The banging in Moscow were especially objected to her relationship with a Yugoslav boy.

During a tournament in Athens, made, they met with Apostolos, which if lijnrechter watched. When the small Stefanos as talent began to develop, said father Apostolos with his work. He followed a coachcursus and sailed his oldest son is ready for the profregime. “My father has huge risks taken. Initially we had nothing.’

In the background, watched mother Julia, trained in the iron Soviet regime. “They gave me discipline, taught, a trait that the Greek culture is not very common.’

The gamble turned out well. Tsitsipas was number 1 in the juniors and made his way to the top with the pros. The top ten is now all at your fingertips.

What should you know?

Not only mama Julia, but also grandfather Sergei can extract with a sporting past. The man won the 1956 olympic voetbalgoud with the Soviet Union.

A few years ago escaped Tsitsipas to the drowning, when he is already deep in the Mediterranean Sea had ventured. His father was in danger of his own life him from the waves wegsleuren. “Since then, I live without fear’, he declared.

The new tennisheld own YouTube channel, which he used to travel videos to post. While his contemporaries in their hotel room gaming, explores the Greek globetrotter, as much as possible the streets of the host cities.

DANIELLE COLLINS (25)

Cinderella at the age of

Danielle Collins earned a university degree before the proftennis to enter. epa

BRUSSELWeinig had a suspicion that Collins ever in the semi-final of a major would end up. Her five previous races at a grand slam were always in a defeat for naught, but in Australia crossed the Us the stove on with that history. That 0-5 is now 5-5. On her way to her semi-final switched to Collins three reekshoofden. Especially the 6-0, 6-2 which they Angelique Kerber – former no. 1 and three-time grand slam-winner – to the ears slapped, bare any look. A year ago, played Collins and an anonymous Challenger in Newport Beach, and she was 162ste on the WTA ranking, but her Australian successes guiding her towards the top twenty.

Background?

We will somewhat irreverent a Cinderella age? On her 25th is Collins pretty old for a debutante at the highest level, but its unusual trajectory explains a lot. Unlike most of her colleagues, she received the first university degree before the proftennis to enter. The family lacked the financial clout to get his daughter the international circuit. Colllins’ father Walter was a gardener, her mother kleuterjuf. Other tienertalenten, the international tournaments, but they limited node to the local work. “We were a family from the lower middle class, so we have a foreign program could not pay.’

The pioneering work of the sisters Williams showed, however, that there are detours to the top as possible. As a ten-year-old clutching they have older players, hoping that they would improve. ‘I quickly became very independent, a small adult.’

“I am militant.
Who me endorse, immediately gets a reply. I love a oorlogje to start

Danielle Collins

While his daughter on the field stood, ran over mom laps around the tennis complex. At the age of eighteen, she entered the university of Virginia. Even after the university championship in 2014 had won, she refused to be a professional. Hunting on the diploma was given priority.

What she says herself?

That they have nothing or nobody to fear, witness the way they Kerber counterde. When the German something to emphatically point fourth, let Collins after the following slagenwisseling immediately apply. She leaned over the net, shook a fist and knock a few screams from. “I am militant. Who me endorse, immediately gets a reply. I love a oorlogje to begin.” Punchy little person, so. If early teen bekampte they have older players. “I was always a spanking, but because I am so competitive.”

What should you know?

How her coach, the 25-year-old Dutchman Stijn de Gier, has to know. The duo met each other for the first time three weeks ago at the tournament of Brisbane. ‘A kind of blind date,’ says The Vulture, a man in the Netherlands has been a lot of coacheservaring had gained. The contact between both was highly established by coincidence. The Vulture sat next to his friend Peter Lucassen, a Dutchman who works for the American tennis federation, when a call from Collins’ manager got. Or Lucassen, maybe a coach knew that his client during her Australian campaign could accompany? The lepe The Vulture luistervinkte and suggested prompt his candidacy. After what appjes and messages between the two peers came just before Christmas, an oral agreement to stand. The cooperation went so smoothly that the duo and the rest of the year with each other will go up.

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