STEFANOS Tsitsipas arrived last Monday, eager to lead Greece against the Philippines in their Davis Cup World Group II playoffs on Friday and Saturday at the Philippine Columbian Association courts in Paco, Manila.
Riding the crest of a runner-up finish to Novak Djokovic in Dubai a few days back, Tsitsipas, currently sixth in the world rankings, is expected to give it all for the Greek team out to make a big splash this year.
“I will try to represent my country as best as possible,” said the 21-year-old, the youngest netter in the world’s Top 10 who owns five titles to date.
The other members of the Greek squad – Tsitsipas’ younger brother Petros, Michail Pervolarakis and Markos Kalovelonis – arrived on a separate flight. Dimitris Chatzinikolaou is their non-playing captain.
It is almost the same team that lifted Greece from Group III to Group II using the old format.
The Filipinos are eager to get into the mix as they will not only play a foe in Tsitsipas’ caliber but they will also tackle a non-Asian nation for the first time since they battled the Swedes in the World Cup qualifier in 1991.