Stefanos Tsitsipas hailed the "passion and energy" of the record-breaking audience during Greece's Davis Cup tie against Ecuador over the weekend, saying it was a "truly unforgettable experience."
The World No. 3 bounced back from his agonizing 2023 Australian Open final loss to Novak Djokovic by claiming consecutive straight-sets victories against Ecuador’s Alvaro Guillen Meza and Andres Andrade in the World Group 1 playoffs.
His contribution helped Greece beat the South American nation 3-1 and seal a World Group 1 spot after 19 years.
Tsitsipas was ecstatic about having won in front of more than 12,000 fans at the Athens Olympic Complex. The 24-year-old celebrated the victory in a social media post and thanked his ardent fans for their "unwavering support."
"We are deeply humbled by the unwavering support of the record-breaking 12,400 Greeks who attended the Davis Cup tie against Ecuador. To have played in front of such a large and enthusiastic crowd, who came together to write history, is a truly unforgettable experience," he wrote.
Tsitsipas, who has always expressed the significance of his country’s support as well as his desire to inspire the younger generations in Greece, was happy to have honored his home country through the victories.
"The passion and energy of this magnificent gathering was felt on and off the court, and it is a proud moment for all Greeks," said Tsitsipas. "We are honored to have been a part of this historical moment and to have represented the blue and white colors with distinction. Thank you, Greece, for making this a day we will always cherish."
"Let us fill the stadium with four times the number of proud Greeks, and bring in even more fans to experience the rush and thrill of a Davis Cup tie. Let us show the world the passion and spirit of Greek tennis."
Stefanos Tsitsipas to headline Rotterdam and Acapulco next
After helping the Greek team prevail in their Davis Cup tie, Stefanos Tsitsipas is set to feature in two ATP 500 tournaments in February.
The World No. 3 will next compete at the Rotterdam Open, where he lost to Canada's Felix Auger-Aliasimme in the final last year. The event is scheduled to be held between February 13-19.
The 24-year-old is then expected to head to Acapulco for the Mexican Open, which will be held from February 27 to March 4.