Player profile: The hero from Cyprys returns
Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who received the title “Male athlete of the year” 2005 in Cyprus, had the honour to bear the Cypriotic flag at the inaugurations of the 2012 Olympics in London earlier this year.
Marcos made it to the third round, where soon to be gold medalist Andy Murray ended the Cypriots hunf for an olympic medal.
The future might have looked just a little bit different for the “Male athlete of the year” as he was obliged to do the National Service. On 28:th of january 2008 he received an excempt so he could focus on his tennis-career instead. On january 29 he played his first Grand Slam Singles final at the Australian Open against Roger Federer. Marcos parents could than not afford to go and watch their son play at the Australian Open so the Cypriotic government made sure they could be there to watch their son play, his career highlight, the final at the Australian Open. He is the first and only Cypriot national to play a Grand Slam Final up to this day.
Marcos won the title at the If Stockholm Open in 2009. His favourite surface is hard court where 3 of his 4 singles titles comes from. Marcos has fans all over the world so you can be sure to see some magnificent tennis and chanting Cypriots at the If Stockholm Open 2012.