Jannik Sinner was one of the youngsters to watch in 2019, making impressive progress through the ranking list and finishing the year as the youngest player in the top-100. An 18-year-old Italian achieved many milestones for 2001 and became the fifth U18 player in the year-end top-80 since 2000 after Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov.
Born in a village in the Dolomites in Northern Italy, Jannik was a promising skier before deciding to travel to Riccardo Piatti's academy at the age of 12, making a professional debut in 2018 and reaching the first Futures final that year.
After a slow start of 2019, the youngster conquered the first Challenger crown on the fast indoor court in Bergamo, dropping only 14 games in the final three encounters and showing his skills in the best possible way! It was the first Challenger crown for 2001 generation but Jannik didn't stop there, lifting the trophy at Trento Futures in the following week to extend the winning streak.
After a much-needed rest, Sinner went to Santa Margherita Di Pula and claimed another Futures title on clay, delivering 16 straight victories before scoring the first ATP win in Budapest at the end of April as a qualifier.
In Rome, the upcoming star grabbed the first Masters 1000 victory for his generation over Steve Johnson, earning another Challenger title in Lexington two months later and qualifying for the US Open, losing to Stan Wawrinka in four sets.
Jannik secured the place in the top-100 after the semi-final run in Antwerp and one win in Vienna, gathering boost ahead of the Next Gen Finals in Milan where he ousted the better-ranked rivals to become the third champion of this event after Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
A week later, Sinner wrapped up the season in Ortisei, producing another stellar ride on an indoor court to celebrate the third Challenger title of the season and book the place in the top-80. While waiting to continue the current season that saw him winning three ATP matches, Jannik found time for a Q&A session on Instagram, answering the questions of his fans from all around the world.
He picked Roger Federer as his idol while growing up and backhand as his favorite shot. The US Open is Sinner's ideal Major, Frances Tiafoe the most desired doubles partner and pizza the beloved dish. Asked about the best tweeners on the Tour, Jannik picked Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios.