Cyprus star Chrysochos continues hot streak at Roland Garros

first_imgBy Andreas VouYoung Cypriot tennis star Petros Chrysochos continued his rich vein of form on Tuesday with a 6-4 6-2 win over Croatia’s Nino Serdarusic in the second round of the boys’ singles at Roland Garros.The 18-year-old from Larnaca was fresh off the back of his first-round win on Monday against Theo Fournerie where the Frenchman took the first set but Chrysochos fought back to win the match.While nerves perhaps got the better of him in the early stages of the first-round match, a more assured and composed Chrysochos was on display right from the off against the No.15 ranked Croatian. The youngster will need to show more of the same in order to overcome the third round challenge of Andrey Rublev today, who is fourth in the junior standings.In contrast to the island’s tennis icon, Marcos Baghdatis, who moved to France at a very young age to dedicate his time solely to a career in the game, Chrysochos maintains a full school program at the American Academy in Larnaca and had been preparing for his end of year exams ahead of the Roland Garros tournament.“Marcos Baghdatis stopped school and everything, he was practicing morning and afternoon, and at 21 he was in the final of the Australian Open. I still have time for that. I’m still in school and studying and just took my A-level exams. I had to finish my exams and do good and then I came here to play, which is tough but I’m doing my best to combine both,” Chrysochos said.As an elite junior player, Chrysochos is on the ITF/GSDF programme administered by the ITF and funded by the Grand Slam nations with the aim of financially assisting the sport’s top talents. The Larnaca native was quick to repay his gratitude to the programme.“If there wasn’t an ITF team I wasn’t going to be here, so they help me a lot that they chose me. It’s my fourth time on an ITF team. Back in Cyprus we don’t have the coaches that have the same experience so I’m learning things I didn’t know. I want to show them that their choice of picking me was good.”Since early May, Chrysochos has been on somewhat of a hot streak having won two tournaments back-to-back. At the beginning of last month, the teenager won his first ever tournament in professional tennis after claiming the ITF Futures Tournament in Egypt.And just last week, the young ace claimed the Astrid Bowl in Charleroi, as he defeated Korea’s Duck Hee Lee in straight sets (6-4 6-1) to earn his first Grade 1 title, adding his name to an illustrious list of former winners which includes Lleyton Hewitt and Gustavo Kuerten.last_img

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