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Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner.jpg
Sinner in 2019
Country (sports) Italy
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (2001-08-16) 16 August 2001 (age 19)[1]
Innichen, Italy
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2018
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachRiccardo Piatti
Andrea Volpini
Prize moneyUS$ 1,844,315
Career record54-32 (62.8%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 17 (17 May 2021)
Current rankingNo. 19 (24 May 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2020)
French OpenQF (2020)
WimbledonQ1 (2019)
US Open1R (2019, 2020)
Career record5-3 (62.5%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 299 (22 March 2021)
Current rankingNo. 306 (12 April 2021)
Last updated on: 5 June 2021.

Jannik Sinner (born 16 August 2001) is an Italian professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as No. 17 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). At the 2020 French Open, he became the youngest quarterfinalist in the men's singles event since Novak Djokovic in 2006. He has won two ATP titles, and became the youngest ATP title-holder since 2008 by winning the 2020 Sofia Open.

Sinner grew up in northern Italy in the predominantly German-speaking region of South Tyrol. He was active in skiing, football, and tennis as a child. After winning a national championship in skiing at age eight, Sinner switched his focus to tennis at age thirteen and moved to the Italian Riviera to train with veteran coach Riccardo Piatti. Despite limited success as a junior, Sinner began playing in professional events at age 16 and became one of the few players to win multiple ATP Challenger Tour titles at age 17. He then won the ATP Newcomer of the Year award in 2019 after breaking through into the top 100, reaching his first ATP semifinal, and winning the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan over Alex de Minaur. Sinner continued his rise into the top 50 in 2020 with his first top 10 victories, a Grand Slam quarterfinal, and a maiden ATP title. He has had a strong start to 2021, highlighted by his second ATP title in a row and a Masters 1000 runner-up at the Miami Open.

Sinner has an excellent two-handed backhand and has led the ATP Tour in the amount of topspin on the shot.

Early life and background

Jannik Sinner was born 16 August 2001 to Johann and Siglinde Sinner in Innichen in the predominantly German-speaking region of South Tyrol in northern Italy. He grew up in the town of Sexten, where his father and mother work as a chef and a waitress at a ski lodge.[2] He has a brother named Marc.[1] Sinner began both skiing and playing tennis at age three. He was one of Italy's top junior skiers from eight to twelve years old, winning a national championship in giant slalom at age eight and earning a national runner-up at age twelve.[3][4][5] While training in skiing, Sinner gave up tennis for a year at age seven before his father pushed him to return to the sport.[6] When he resumed playing, he began working with Heribert Mayr as his first regular coach.[7] Nonetheless, tennis was still only his third priority behind skiing and football.[8][9]

At age thirteen, Sinner decided to give up skiing and football in favor of tennis. He preferred it over skiing because he wanted to compete directly against an opponent and to have more margin of error over the course of an entire match. He also wanted to be in an individual sport where he could make all of the decisions, an opportunity he would not have in a team sport like football.[9] He also decided to leave his family and move to Bordighera on the Italian Riviera to train at the Piatti Tennis Centre under Riccardo Piatti and Massimo Sartori, a decision which his parents supported.[1][4][6] At the centre, Sinner lived with the family of Luka Cvjetkovic, one of his coaches.[10] Before Sinner began training in tennis full-time with Piatti, he had only been playing twice a week.[8]

Junior career

Sinner began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit, the premier junior tour which is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), in 2016. Despite having limited success as a junior, he moved mainly to the professional tour following the end of 2017. He never played the main draw of any high-level Grade 1 events in singles, and the only higher-level Grade A tournament he entered was the Trofeo Bonfiglio. He followed up an opening round loss at Italy's Grade A tournament in 2017 with a quarterfinal in 2018. That was the only junior event he played in 2018. He never played any of the junior Grand Slam tournaments. Because he entered so few high-level tournaments, Sinner's career-high junior ranking was a relatively low No. 133.[11]

Professional career

2018: ITF Futures and Challenger Tour debut

Despite limited experience as a junior, Sinner began playing on the ITF Men's Circuit in early 2018. With his low ranking, he could only initially be directly accepted into ITF Futures events. Nonetheless, he began receiving wild cards for ATP Challenger Tour events, the second tier tour run by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), in the second half of the year.[12] His only ITF title of the year was in doubles,[13] and he finished the season ranked No. 551.[14]

2019: Challenger titles, ATP Tour debut, Next Gen champion, top 100

Sinner at the 2019 NextGen ATP Finals in Milan

Sinner won his first ATP Challenger title in Bergamo in February 2019 at the age of 17 years and 6 months despite entering the tournament with no match wins at the Challenger level. He became the first person born in 2001 to reach a Challenger final, and the youngest Italian to win a Challenger title in history. With the title, he rose over 200 spots in ATP rankings up to No. 324.[15][16] After his first two ITF Futures titles, Sinner entered his first ATP tournament at the Hungarian Open as a lucky loser where he notched his first tour-level win over home wild card Máté Valkusz.[17] The next week, he reached his second ATP Challenger final in Ostrava, finishing runner-up to Kamil Majchrzak.[18]

During the second half of the season, Sinner played more often on the ATP Tour than the Challenger Tour.[19] His first ATP Masters victory came at the Italian Open against Steve Johnson, and he broke into the top 200 with his next ATP win at the Croatia Open Umag in July.[14] The next month, he won a second ATP Challenger title in Lexington to become one of just eleven 17-year-olds to have won multiple Challenger titles.[20] After losing in qualifying at Wimbledon, Sinner qualified for his first Grand Slam main draw at the US Open.[21] He lost his debut match to No. 24 Stan Wawrinka.[19]

Sinner had a strong finish to the season. As a wild card at the European Open, he became the youngest player in five years to reach an ATP semifinal.[22] Along the way, he knocked off top seed and world No. 13 Gael Monfils for his first career top 50 victory.[23] This performance helped him break into the top 100 for the first time one week later.[14] At the end of the season, Sinner qualified for the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals as the Italian wild card and the lowest seed.[24] He won in his round robin group with victories over Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer, only losing to Ugo Humbert. After defeating Miomir Kecmanovi? in the semifinals, Sinner upset top seed and world No. 18 Alex de Minaur in straight sets to win the title.[25] He played one last event in Italy the following week, winning a third Challenger title in Ortisei. Sinner finished the year at world No. 78, becoming the youngest player in the year-end top 80 since Rafael Nadal in 2003.[17] He was also named ATP Newcomer of the Year.[26]

2020: French Open quarterfinal, first ATP title, top 40

Early in the year, Sinner made the second round of the 2020 Australian Open, recording his first Grand Slam main draw match win over home wild card Max Purcell before losing to Márton Fucsovics. As a wild card at the Rotterdam Open, he earned his first top 10 victory against world No. 10 David Goffin.[27]

Following the ATP Tour shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sinner had a successful restart to the season. Although he lost his opening round match to Karen Khachanov at the US Open, he fared better in Europe. He reached the third round at the Rome Masters, highlighted by a victory over world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas.[28] He then progressed to become the youngest quarterfinalist at the French Open since Novak Djokovic in 2006, and the first to make the quarterfinals on debut since Rafael Nadal in 2005. During the tournament, he defeated Goffin again as well as US Open runner-up and world No. 7 Alexander Zverev before losing to Nadal.[29][30] After a semifinal at the Cologne Championship where he lost to Zverev,[31] Sinner closed out the season by winning the Sofia Open for his first ATP title. During the event, he defeated Next Gen rival Alex de Minaur and then Vasek Pospisil in the final.[32] He became the youngest Italian tour-level champion in the Open Era and the youngest player overall to win an ATP title since Kei Nishikori in 2008.[33][34] Sinner finished the year ranked world No. 37.[14]

2021: First Masters 1000 final, top 20

Sinner carried over his success from late 2020 into the start of the 2021 season. He won his second career ATP title at the Great Ocean Road Open,[35] and notably defeated No. 20 Karen Khachanov in the semifinals after saving a match point.[36] He became the youngest to win back-to-back ATP titles since Rafael Nadal in 2005.[35] His ten-match win streak came to an end in the first round of the Australian Open, where he lost a tight five-set match to world No. 12 Denis Shapovalov.[37] Sinner's next big result was at the Miami Open, where he reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final. During the tournament, he defeated Khachanov again and later world No. 12 Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinal.[38][39] He finished runner-up to Hubert Hurkacz.[40] Then at the 2021 French Open his campaign was stopped short for tbe second year running by Rafael Nadal who this time defeated Sinner in straight sets in the fourth round.[41]

Playing style

Sinner has been compared to Roger Federer for his calm on-court demeanor and all-court movement.[3][6][10] Federer himself has praised Sinner for the balance in his game, remarking, "What I like about him is that he almost has the same speed of shooting from the forehand and backhand."[5] Sinner's groundstroke strength is his two-handed backhand, which he hits with more topspin than any other player on the ATP Tour, registering an average of 1858 revolutions per minute on the shot to go along with a fifth-best average speed of 111.2 kilometres per hour (69.1 mph).[42] Former world No. 1 junior and tennis coach Claudio Pistolesi has praised Sinner's good lateral movement, which he attributes in part to Sinner's background in skiing.[43] In this regard, Sinner has been compared to Novak Djokovic, who also credits a background in skiing for improving his tennis skills.[44]


When Sinner began to prioritize tennis at age thirteen, he was coached by Riccardo Piatti, who has also been a part-time coach of Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.[10] At the time, he also began working with Andrea Volpini and Massimo Sartori, the latter of whom was a longtime coach of Andreas Seppi.[45] He has continued to work with Piatti as his primary coach, and Volpini as his second coach. His team also consists of physiotherapist Claudio Zimaglia and fitness coach Dalibor Sirola.[9]

Personal life

Sinner resides in Monte Carlo in Monaco.[1] He is a fan of A.C. Milan football club.[8] One of his tennis idols is compatriot Andreas Seppi, who is also from South Tyrol. Nonetheless, he aspires to surpass Seppi in terms of achievements. For that reason, his main idols are Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.[16]

Career statistics

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2021 French Open

Tournament 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1-2 33%
French Open A QF 4R 0 / 2 7-2 78%
Wimbledon Q1 NH 0 / 0 0-0  - 
US Open 1R 1R 0 / 2 0-2 0%
Win-Loss 0-1 5-3 3-2 0 / 6 8-6 57%

Source: ATP profile[1]

Masters 1000 finals

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2021 Miami Open Hard Poland Hubert Hurkacz 6-7(4-7), 4-6


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