Jannik Sinner ungratefully criticized in Italy for missing Davis Cup


Jannik Sinner ungratefully criticized in Italy for missing Davis Cup
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World number 7 Jannik Sinner ended up at the center of much controversy for his decision to miss the Davis Cup. The Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, for example, underlined that this is not Jannik's first absence with his team , just think of the absence at Tokyo 2021 and three other missed appearances in Davis.

Many fans have accused him, there are those who tell him that he doesn't prefer Italy and those who even accuse him of only looking out for him, but there are also those who defend his choice. Sinner had to take to the court, reducing his rest, to face the Canadian Diallo, best ranked number 132 in the world, not very fearful opponents even with Sweden (out of the Top 100) and the only significant match in the match against Nicolas' Chile Jarry, a presence that could absolutely have been useful in these hours.

However, many people forget that Sinner has had a busy season and that it is far from over. The series of tournaments in Asia, Paris-Bercy and above all the great objective of this season: officially 700 points are missing but in reality they are much less (the only thing missing is the mathematics of qualification) and Jannik Sinner will be able to participate for the first time in his career in the ATP Finals at the end of the year, an event he would play at home in Turin.

For this and many other reasons the Italian has made this choice and it should not be forgotten that the same Spain that sees Davis at risk has seen the 'excellent refusal' of Carlos Alcaraz, number two in the world. The Spaniard, who like Sinner also appeared tired in the last period, decided to rest and think about his next commitments instead.

A choice that has and will continue to cause a lot of discussion and that almost all the big names in circulation have taken; the only Djokovic who may be older but has played several fewer tournaments this season, has decided to participate in Davis instead.

In short, there are pros and cons for the choice of Sinner who could have made a small effort but who however does not deserve all this excessive criticism: the number 7 in the world is an asset of Italy and should be supported, not criticized.

The defeat in their Davis Cup opener against Canada only made things worse. Paradoxically, the social world, and even some important Italian newspapers, did not attack the defeated Lorenzo Sonego and Lorenzo Musetti, despite two sensational defeats against two athletes outside the Top 150.

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