Greek world no.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first match at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), beating French opponent Benoit Paire three sets to one.
Nicknamed “The Greek God” by the tournament, Tsitsipas skillfully used his selected UTS cards, ‘-1 serve’ and ‘Steal serve,’ to gain the upper hand during the match and claim victory over an increasingly frustrated Paire.
Tsitsipas took out the first and second sets 24-4 and 21-6 respectively, but Paire got his first break of the match in the third set with a win of 13-14. However, Tsitsipas ultimately took out the fourth and final set 15-9.
When asked about his thoughts on the match, Paire said: “It was good until the fourth set. I think he’s (Tsitsipas) ready to win the US Open already and not me.”
Tsitsipas is now preparing to play against Frenchman Gasquet in the second round of the UTS.
Organised by Greek-French tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou, the UTS brings real competitive matches between ten of the world’s best tennis professionals straight to people’s homes through live streams.