Jannik Sinner (born 16 August 2001) is an Italian professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as No. 32 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 in 2019
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Born||16 August 2001|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 1,390,251|
|Career record||36–23 (61.0%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 32 (8 February 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 34 (22 February 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2020)|
|French Open||QF (2020)|
|US Open||1R (2019, 2020)|
|Career record||2–2 (50.0%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 380 (9 March 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 420 (4 January 2021)|
|Last updated on: 4 January 2021.|
Sinner grew up in northern Italy in the province 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 by 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 to rise into the top 50 in 2020 with his first top 10 victories, a Grand Slam quarterfinal, and a maiden ATP title.
Sinner has an excellent two-handed backhand, and has led the ATP Tour in the amount of topspin on the shot.
Early life and backgroundEdit
Jannik Sinner was born 16 August 2001 to Hanspeter and Siglinde Sinner in Innichen in the predominantly German-speaking province 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. He has a brother named Marc. 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. While training in skiing, Sinner gave up tennis for a year at age seven before his father pushed him to return to the sport. When he resumed playing, he began working with his first regular coach Heribert Mayr. Nonetheless, tennis was still only his third priority behind skiing and football.
At age thirteen, Sinner decided to give up skiing and football in favor of tennis because he preferred to compete directly against an opponent and to have more margin of error over the course of an entire match unlike in a skiing race, and preferred to be an individual sport where he could make decisions unlike on a football team. 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. At the centre, Sinner lived with the family of Luka Cvjetkovic, one of his coaches. Before Sinner began training in tennis full-time with Piatti, he had only been playing twice a week.
Sinner began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit 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.
2018–19: Three Challenger titles, Next Gen champion, top 100Edit
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 in the second half of the year. His only ITF title of the year was in doubles, and he finished the season with a ranking of No. 551.
Sinner won his first ATP Challenger title in Bergamo in February 2019 at the age of 17 years and 6 months old 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. 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. The next week, he reached his second ATP Challenger final in Ostrava, finishing runner-up to Kamil Majchrzak.
During the second half of the season, Sinner was able to play more often on the ATP Tour than the Challenger Tour. He notched his first ATP Masters level victory at the Italian Open against Steve Johnson and broke into the top 200 with his next ATP win at the Croatia Open Umag in July. 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. Having lost in qualifying at Wimbledon, Sinner was able to qualify for his first Grand Slam main draw at the US Open. He lost his debut match to No. 24 Stan Wawrinka.
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. Along the way, he knocked off top seed and world No. 13 Gael Monfils for his first career top 50 victory. This performance helped him break into the top 100 for the first time one week later. At the end of the season, Sinner qualified for the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals as the Italian wild card and the lowest seed. He won his round robin group with victories over Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer, only losing to Ugo Humbert. After defeating Miomir Kecmanović in the semifinals, Sinner upset top seed and world No. 18 Alex de Minaur in straight sets to win the title. He played one last event in Italy the following week, winning a third Challenger title in Ortisei. Sinner finished the year at No. 78 in the world, becoming the youngest player in the year-end top 80 since Rafael Nadal in 2003. He was also named ATP Newcomer of the Year.
2020: French Open quarterfinal, maiden ATP title, top 40Edit
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. 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 back in Europe. He reached the third round at the Rome Masters, highlighted by a victory over No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas. He then became 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. After a semifinal at the Cologne Championship where he lost to Zverev, 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 before getting a victory over Vasek Pospisil in the final. 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. Sinner finished the year at No. 37 in the world.
2021: Second ATP titleEdit
Sinner began his 2021 season by winning his second career ATP title at the Great Ocean Road Open. At the 2021 Australian Open he lost in the first round to Denis Shapovalov in a gruelling five set match.
Sinner has been compared to Roger Federer for his calm on-court demeanor and all-court movement. 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." 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). 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. As such, Sinner has been compared to Novak Djokovic, who also credits a background in skiing for improving his tennis skills.
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. At the time, he also began working with Andrea Volpini and Massimo Sartori, the latter of whom was a longtime coach of Andreas Seppi. 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.
Sinner resides in Monte Carlo in Monaco. He is a fan of the A.C. Milan football club. 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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sinner donated €12,500 to the Cesvi humanitarian organization to help fund medical supplies for the people in Bergamo who were facing a shortage. He also started the Sinner Pizza Challenge in which he committed to donate an additional €10 for each person who posted a photo of a pizza they made decorated with the face of Sinner himself or another Italian athlete.
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||2R||1R||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|French Open||A||QF||0 / 1||4–1||80%|
|Wimbledon||Q1||NH||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|US Open||1R||1R||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Win–Loss||0–1||5–3||0–1||0 / 5||5–5||50%|
|Titles||0||1||1||Career total: 2|
|Finals||0||1||1||Career total: 2|
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