Jannik Sinner shares golden advice Roger Federer gave him when he was 17

Sinner recalls his 2019 Halle practice session with Federer.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jannik Sinner shares golden advice Roger Federer gave him when he was 17
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Jannik Sinner reveals exactly five years ago the great Roger Federer gave him advice that deeply stuck in his mind as the Swiss tennis icon told the Italian to enjoy the process and always look forward to working hard.

When Sinner came to Halle in 2019, he was a 17-year-old teenager hoping to clinch a main draw spot through the qualifying. Unfortunately for Sinner, that didn't happen after he was beaten by Joao Sousa in the Halle qualifying first round. 

While Sinner didn't manage to reach the Halle main draw that year, he still managed to do something memorable after Federer's coach Severin Luthi approached him and asked if he was willing to hit some balls with the former 20-time Grand Slam champion on the practice court. 

“I remember Luthi stopping me on the stairs of the hotel and asking me if I could warm [Federer] up for his match. I said, ‘Of course, yes.' It was a very good feeling, a special feeling," Sinner told the ATP website.

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Sinner reveals Federer's advice

Over the last couple of years, Sinner said several times that he was disappointed over never getting a chance to play Federer in an official match. In Halle, Sinner repeated that message but also made one great revelation.

“I didn't have the chance to play against Roger in an official match, and this is something that I will always miss, but I do remember the practice sessions with him,” Sinner said. 

“I didn't have many, so I do remember every single one, more or less. He gave me just kind of mental advice: Try to enjoy it and keep looking forward to working hard. That's the only thing he told me, and it was very nice to share a court with him.”

This week in Halle will mark something special for Sinner as the 22-year-old Italian is competing in a tournament as the world No. 1 for the first time in his career. 

In the Halle first round, Sinner will be taking on Tallon Griekspoor.

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