Ricardo Piatti, the coach of young Italian player Jannik Sinner, says he would like the 18 year old Sinner to train with Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal as that would help improve his game.
Ricardo Piatti wants Jannik Sinner to train with Rafael Nadal
Piatti was speaking on the show Tennis Space on SportFace where he spoke about the training of the young Italian during the current lockdown.
Piatti said that Sinner has been regularly practicing with Alexei Popyrin and Stefanos Tsitsipas but he wants the Italian youngster to have some training sessions with the 19-time Grand Slam champion Nadal and says he has already spoken to Nadal's coach Carlos Moya on this topic.
"I take him from time to time to play with (Alexei) Popyrin and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas. Now (Alexander) Zverev and (Stan) Wawrinka will also be arriving on Monte Carlo. I already spoke to (Carlos) Moya because I want to take him to Nadal.
Since there are no tournaments, I try to simulate training matches with great players." Piatti continued, "Jannik had a lot of time to work physically. In the field, we worked on the service to increase the rotation of his shoulders.
He must have all the rotations and all angles. He has started to become a service player: not always pulling hard, but choosing the area well." Jannik Sinner is considered to be one of the greatest young tennis players on the current circuit and has said that he wants to become the world's top-ranked player.
Sinner has a career high ATP singles ranking of world No. 68, achieved in February 2020 and is currently ranked No. 73 in the world. Sinner won his first ATP Challenger singles title in Bergamo in February 2019. In early August, he picked up his second ATP Challenger singles title in Lexington.
He also qualified for his first Grand Slam at the US Open. In October, he became the youngest male player in 5 years to reach the semifinal of an ATP tournament in Antwerp. In November, he became the third and youngest winner of NextGen ATP Finals, after beating Alex de Minaur in the final.
Rafael Nadal is the current World No. 2 and has won 19 Grand Slam titles in his career, including a record 12 French Open titles.