Serena Williams' childhood coach Rick Macci is tipping Jannik Sinner to reach the world No. 1 ranking and the well-known coach believes that will happen in the near future. Sinner, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 4 on October 2nd, also finished the season as the fourth-ranked player in the world. Currently, 22-year-old Sinner has 6,490 points. Sinner has a notable number of ranking but he is still well-behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who leads the rankings list with 11,245 points.
"Was asked if @Janniksin CAN be number one someday. He WIIL BE number one someday and Sooner Rather Than later. Jannik Joker and Carlos will play Musical Chairs going up and down the NUMBER RANKING STAIRS," Macci wrote on X.
Was asked if @Janniksin CAN be number one someday. He WIIL BE number one someday and Sooner Rather Than later. Jannik Joker and Carlos will play Musical Chairs going up and down the NUMBER RANKING STAIRS,— Rick Macci (@RickMacci) December 25, 2023
Macci, Djokovic tipped Sinner to reach the world No. 1 spot
In the second part of 2023, Sinner clinched his first two Masters win in Toronto and he also led Italy to their first Davis Cup title since 1976. Also, Sinner won ATP 500 events in Beijing and Vienna, as well reached the final at the ATP Finals - in which he was beaten by Djokovic. But before losing to Djokovic in the Turin final, he claimed his first win over the Serb in the group stage.
In Turin, Sinner earned a massive praise from Djokovic as the record 24-time Grand Slam champion backed the Italian to become a Grand Slam champion and reach the world No. 1 ranking.
“I understand the hype in Italy around him. He will be No. 1 in the world and will win Grand Slam tournaments, and not only do I say it, but also many others. He has potential, talent, dedication, fantastic values, he is a great guy and both his family and his team are very professional and advise him well. The truth is that I wish him the best, except when I’m on the court," Djokovic said of Sinner at the ATP Finals.