World No. 10 Jannik Sinner has signed up to play Halle next year, per Michal Samulski. Sinner, 20, is set to make his debut on the grass courts of Halle. Sinner tried to make the Halle main draw in 2019 but failed to make it past the qualfiying event.
Back then, Sinner lost to Portuguese Joao Sousa in his qualifying opener. The Halle event is preparing a strong player field for 2022 as Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Kei Nishikori, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Karen Khachanov are also expected to play.
Having Sinner -- who won four titles in 2021 and made his top-10 debut -- will certainly be a big thing for Halle. "It’s the end of the 2021 season for me, thanks everyone for you support throughout this year, it’s been a great one.
As always there are many things to improve on but I’m so excited for next year and for what’s to come, see you all when I’m back on court in 2022," Sinner said in a Twitter post.
Sinner praised by Novak Djokovic, Marin Cilic
"Naturally, I somehow recognize parts of myself in someone, some characteristics that I had in my youth: confidence, self-belief, a great desire to win, passion and devotion for the sport.
I can see these in young (Carlos) Alcaraz, as well as in (Jannik) Sinner, and it was obvious in (Alexander) Zverev when he was coming up," Djokovic said. Cilic, who failed to serve out for the match against Sinner at the Davis Cup Finals, was also full of praise for the Italian.
"Jannik, at his age, is already in the top 10. He's playing very well, he's having a great season. He's just going to keep getting better and better. How far can he go? No one knows. But he already has an incredible level. These days you have to play really well in Grand Slams and be consistent to be a world No. 3. When I was in this position I had played for 12 months in an extraordinary way," Cilic said.