Riccardo Piatti defends Jannik Sinner from claim he doesn't care about national team



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Riccardo Piatti defends Jannik Sinner from claim he doesn't care about national team

Coach Riccardo Piatti insists it's ridiculous to think that Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner doesn't care about his national team. Sinner, ranked at No. 10 in the world, received criticism for his deciison to skip the Tokyo Olympics.

Sinner made himself available the Italy team for the Davis Cup Finals and he won each of his three singles matches played in his Davis Cup debut. Italy lost in the quarterfinal after Sinner and Fabio Fognini lost to Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the decisive rubber of the tie against Croatia.

“It's ridiculous to think that Jannik doesn't care about the national jersey. He was honest as always: before he didn't feel ready, he was tired, he did what he thought was right. In fact, he just played until 3 am in the morning to try to win the (decisive) doubles (rubber against Croatia) with Fognin," Piatti said, per We Love Tennis.

Fognini called out Sinner in October

"In my career, I made a lot of mistakes and when I did, I always asked for forgiveness. It is also true that I always say what I think, for better or for worse. For me, Sinner was wrong not to play at the Tokyo Olympics.

He made a decision and then it had consequences. And I think he has a team that advised him to do it and he listened," Fognini told RTL Italia. Former Italy Davis Cup captain Corrado Barazzutti also wasn't happy with Sinner's decision to skip the Olympics.

"It is impressive to see 34-years-old Djokovic excited to participate in the Olympics. Sorry to see 20-year-old Sinner mortifying the highest competition in the world as values. Which no athlete without physical problems would give up for anything in the world.

Especially at the first participation. Sinner has already given up on the Davis Cup twice. Obviously, if you do not believe in certain values, if certain principles are not valid, it is better to stay at home. Too bad for Jannik a more wrong choice was never made.

Too bad for Lorenzo Musetti. Registrations are closed and he will not be able to replace him," Barazzutti said in July.