Jannik Sinner's dream come true: from Gazzetta's absurd criticisms to triumphs

Jannik became the first Italian ATP No.1 in history. His rise has been sensational, especially starting from the unfair criticism he received last year from the well-known Italian media

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Jannik Sinner's dream come true: from Gazzetta's absurd criticisms to triumphs
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Novak Djokovic's withdrawal at the Roland Garros marks a new page in tennis history, which is tinged with Italian colours: Jannik Sinner will be the new ATP No.1 starting from Monday 10 May 2024. A historic, deserved achievement, which certifies the rise of a boy who made work ethic, confidentiality, calmness and sobriety his strong points. Strengths that make him loved by crowds across the international tennis scene.

And to think that his rise, progressive, made up of small steps, completely exploded at the end of 2023. After winning his first ATP Masters 1000 at the Canadian Open last August, Jannik received very harsh and unfair criticism from the Italian media Gazzetta dello Sport, for missing the Davis Cup match at the end of September. Jannik's choice, as we at Tennis World USA have always underlined even in those days, was wise and gave the results hoped for by the young Italian. Which led to the final of the ATP Finals and the victory of the Davis Cup. Today, after the extraordinary triumphs and milestones achieved in 2024, the Gazzetta dello Sport praises Jannik with many articles. Too easy now, with Jannik winning. An inconsistent about-face (as he also underlined in The Tennis Letter in the post that you can read below), but perhaps Gazzetta's criticism in 2023 marked the moment in which Jannik began his rapid rise. Which led him to become Slam champion and ATP No.1.

But who is Jannik Sinner?

Born in San Candido (Trentino Alto Adige, Northern Italy), Jannik demonstrated an early talent in skiing, but at 13 and a half years old, the most important sliding doors of his life made him opt for tennis. Leaving his family, he moved to Riccardo Piatti's academy to play tennis. As time passed, Sinner entered the ATP Tour and made his niche with his work ethic and iron mentality. He has endured all the unfair criticism around him and has never exposed himself in an exuberant way in a match or tournament. He thought exclusively of himself, of how he could improve from every point of view and become a better person and tennis player every day.

"At 23-24 I will be a complete player," he told a few years ago. And he made his dream come true. And the Italians and not like Jannik a lot because he is an atypical Italian in terms of mentality and behavior.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

The coaches Simone Vagnozzi and Darren Cahilln are the other important and fundamental figures for the success achieved. No Italian has ever achieved a similar result in the history of tennis. In the last twenty years, dominated far and wide by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, there are only 3 tennis players who have managed to become ATP No.1. Andy Murray, Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz, who will be joined from 10 June by Jannik Sinner. In the Open Era the Italian is the 29th tennis player to manage to be on the top of the world. The two main dreams have been realized. Now Sinner will have the task of absolutely not losing motivation and continuing to keep the bar of ambitions high.

Jannik Sinner