Rising Italian star Jannik Sinner acknowledges it has been a tough year for everyone and he was especially sad to see what was happening to fellow Italiana in the early stages of pandemic. The ATP suspended the season mid-March but agreed with players to restart the season in late-August.
At one point, it seemed highly unlikely that the season would resume. Before the season was suspended, Sinner was struggling with his form as he had no back-to-back wins in the first two and a half months of the year. "It has been a tough year.
Every one of us is obviously playing tennis, but the most important thing is having friends, having family,” Sinner said, per the ATP website. “It’s a little bit of a messy year, especially in Italy. At the beginning it was very, very bad.
I tried to help a little bit, obviously [it was] not that much [in the big picture]. It’s tough to see the world, how it’s going on. It’s already changing, wearing the masks, keeping distance. It’s different”.
Sinner, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 46 in the world, gave credit to the ATP for their efforts to organize tournaments during the pandemic. "The ATP Tour and everyone is [doing] an incredible job making these kinds of tournaments happen.
Playing without a crowd, it’s not what we want at the end of the day, but I think they are [doing] an incredible job,” Sinner said. “Huge thanks to them, but it’s tough to see what’s going on."
Sinner took positives from playing Rafael Nadal
Sinner, 19, made his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at this past French Open, before he was handed a 7-6 (4) 6-4 6-1 loss by eventual champion Nadal. Sinner had a great chance to win the opener against Nadal but he failed to serve out for the first set in the 12th game as the Spaniard won the opener in the tie-break.
Sinner was also up by a break in the second set but Nadal claimed back-to-back breaks to overturn the deficit and take a two-set lead. Nadal then absolutely dominated the third set to claim a straight-set win. "[It’s] just about improving day after day,” Sinner said.
“Obviously it was a great test against Rafa on clay. I played well in the first and second sets and the third set he pushed more. He was playing better in the third set”. "I felt ready playing against him. I went on court with the right attitude, which I’m trying to do every match and trying to improve day after day”.