The new year promises big things for the community when some of the biggest names in Greek sport are coming to compete in Melbourne.
With the dust settling on a remarkable ATP Finals victory earlier this month that saw him beat Roger Ferderer and then Dominic Thiem in the final, Greek tennis superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas will surely be coming to Melbourne in January filled with the self-belief to take on the best in tennis for the first Grand Slam title of the year, the Australian Open.
No doubt he will be buoyed by a fanatical support base in the city that gave him such a warm welcome last year. He told Neos Kosmos last year that Melbourne his second home.
Another Greek who will be competing at the Open (20 January to 2 February, 2020) will be Maria Sakkari who has been in good form and likely to give the like of Ashley Bartey and Naomi Osaka a hard time on the courts.
While the speculation continues that the two Greek tennis players are romantically linked, their focus will be on doing damage on the courts.
Then, later in February, the “Lord of the Rings” artistic gymnast Lefteris Petrounias will be in the city to take part in the Gymnastics World Cup (20-23 February) at the Melbourne Arena.
Petrounias was Rio Olympics champion in 2016 and world champion om 2015, 2017 and 2018. However, the pressure is on him to win in Melbourne after he came fourth in the Cottbus Apparatus World Cup this month.
This is a do-or-die scenario for the gymnast as he must win here and in the corresponding tournaments in Baku and Doha if he is to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in July.
Petrounia is confident of his chances which will no doubt be boosted by the support of Melbourne’s Greeks.
Neos Kosmos will be there to keep you posted on the progress of these special athletes.