Eubanks, who made his Wimbledon debut at the age of 27, defeated two-time Slam runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas to advance to the quarterfinals of a major for the first time.
American tennis player Eubanks stunned the tennis world by defeating the mighty Stefanos Tsitsipas at Wimbledon, earning himself a spot in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. The impressive victory not only thrust Eubanks into the limelight but also gave him renewed confidence in his prowess on Wimbledon’s famous grass courts.
With Tsitsipas, a top-ranked player renowned for his extraordinary abilities and success on the tennis circuit, Eubanks knew she had an uphill task ahead of her. But Eubanks showed unwavering resolve and a magnificent display of brilliance that astounded the audience, unfazed by the difficulty.
Even Chris Eubanks did not truly believe he was capable of accomplishing such feats up until about a week ago, like defeating the top tennis players in the world at Wimbledon, making it to the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam event, and dominating on grass courts match after match after match.
After winning his first ATP title of his career, American big-serving 6-foot-7 Eubanks made his Wimbledon debut at age 27. On Monday, he defeated two-time Slam runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas by scores of 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals at a major for the first time.
‘Can’t describe the surreal feeling’: Eubanks Left Speechless by Victory over Tsitsipas
“It’s surreal. I can’t really describe it,” said Eubanks, who is from Atlanta and played college tennis at Georgia Tech.
“I just think the entire experience, all together, has just been a whirlwind. It’s been something that you dream about,” Eubanks said. “I didn’t really know if that dream would actually come true. I’m sitting here now, so it’s pretty cool.“
He currently holds a career-high ranking of 43 and was only 6-10 before July 1 in Mallorca, Spain, when he went on a run to win the championship. That occurred on grass, a surface he declared he detested a month earlier after losing in the second round of a low-level ATP Challenger Tour competition, referring to it as “the stupidest surface” in a text message to fellow ITF member Kim Clijsters.
After defeating the No. 5-seeded Tsitsipas and No. 12-seeded Cam Norrie at the All England Club, he is now on a nine-match winning streak. To advance to the semifinals, the player must then face No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2021 U.S. Open champion.
Coco Gauff, an American who made her Wimbledon debut at age 15 in 2019 and finished in second place at the French Open at age 18, was among those who cheered for Eubanks. Eubanks then curled his fingers to form the shape of a heart with his hands.