WATCH: Sinner trains with Nishikori at the Roland Garros

The Italian has decided to play the Parisian Slam

by Lorenzo Ciotti
WATCH: Sinner trains with Nishikori at the Roland Garros
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Jannik Sinner should play the Roland Garros. The Italian tennis player carried out training where he assessed his condition and thus decided to play the Parisian Slam, as it would seem that the hip injury is at least partially overcome. Sinner trained for two hours with Kei Nishikori, testing and evaluating his conditions as positive, thus effectively entering the tournament. Jannik had precautionally decided to skip the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome so as not to aggravate the hip problem suffered at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. However, given the nature of the problem (hip injuries are always very delicate and difficult to overcome), his presence in Paris was in strong doubt. 

Jannik has not yet confirmed his official presence at the Roland Garros. His training in Paris and a rather positive attitude give hope but, at the moment, there is nothing official and therefore there could still be news. Anyway, the Italian appeared in good condition, both in terms of movements and shots and seems to give good sensations.

Sinner will enter the draw as the seed number 2, just behind defending champion Novak Djokovic. The two, who are also competing for the throne of ATP tennis in Paris, are among the big favorites for the final victory but the conditions need to be assessed. Djokovic hasn't won any titles this year and is having a difficult season. Sinner, on the other hand, had an amazing 2024 but the hip problem in recent weeks has worried his fans.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

Jannik had started the clay court season well. He reached the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo and only a physical problem and above all a serious refereeing error led him to defeat against Stefanos Tsitsipas.  Now, with the problem that seems at least partially behind us, Jannik will have the opportunity to surpass Novak Djokovic and become the first player in the history of Italian tennis to be ATP No.1 In Paris Djokovic defends the title and therefore 2000 points.

Jannik was eliminated in the second round last year and therefore has only 45 points to defend. Sinner, who already dominates the Race, can therefore gain points in the standings and, with a good tournament, could reach this milestone. Even a victory for Djokovic in the tournament in the final against Jannik would be enough for the young Italian to become number one. So Roland Garros 2024 promises to be very interesting: let's not forget what could be Rafael Nadal's last time in Paris, an absolute loose cannon of the tournament.

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