Jannik Sinner was among the youngsters to watch in 2019, earning numerous milestones for the 2001 generation and finishing the year inside the top-80, as only the fifth U18 player since 2000! Picking tennis over skiing a couple of years ago, Jannik didn't need a lot to show his immense talent, making a pro debut in 2018 and reaching the first Futures final that season.
Setting even higher goals for 2019, the aggressive player claimed the first Challenger crown on an indoor court at home in Bergamo in February, dominating in the final three encounters and introducing himself to our sport in the best way!
It was the first Challenger crown for 2001 generation, giving Jannik a massive boost that had carried him towards trophy at Trento Futures in the following week, extending the winning streak and earning more ATP points. Sinner secured another Futures title on clay to deliver 16 straight pro victories at such a young age, preparing for the ATP debut in Budapest as a qualifier!
The Italian notched his first ATP win in Hungary and received a wild card at home Masters 1000 event in Rome, edging Steve Johnson to become the first player of his generation with a win at the premium ATP level. In July, Jannik clinched another Challenger title in Lexington and qualified for the US Open, losing to Stan Wawrinka in four sets in the first round and gathering more experience on the most significant tennis stage.
Sinner secured the place in the top-100 after the semi-final run in Antwerp and one triumph at the ATP 500 event in Vienna, determined to justify the invitation at the Next Gen Finals in Milan. Gathering boost from the home crowd, Jannik ousted the better-ranked and more experienced rivals to become the third champion of this tournament after Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas, rounding up the season with the third Challenger title a week later in Ortisei.
That was enough to put the Italian into the top-80 ahead of 2020 where he advanced into the quarters in Rotterdam, waiting for a better run when the season resumes in August.
Meanwhile, Sinner has been working hard with his coach Riccardo Piatti at home and in Monte Carlo for the last couple of months, shaping up his game and preparing himself for the trip to the USA.
Making a Major debut at the Australian Open, the young gun had the opportunity to train with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, gathering experience from the most famous duo in the game's history. Piatti would love to arrange more practice runs with world no.
2 Nadal in the following months if everything goes right and players hit the court again, praising the Spaniard and his abilities to make the right decision in the toughest moments. "As there are no tournaments, we try to simulate matches in training; Jannik is always learning something new and improving his game.
Until three years ago, Sinner played tennis only three times a week. He has learned a lot since then, but there's still plenty of more to master. I want him to learn how big stars deal with the most crucial moments of the encounter.
Only by training with them, Sinner will have the opportunity to raise his level. I have already talked with Carlos Moya and we will arrange other meetings in the future. I want Jannik to learn how Rafa Nadal faces the problems on the court.
In the United States, we should meet John McEnroe. He is a knowledgeable person and Jannik could improve his game working with him. He could give important advice not only for his tennis career but also for life."