Former star shares big words on Carlos Alcaraz-Jannik Sinner's rivalry

Filippo Volandri, captain of Italy's Davis Cup team, defended his player, talking about his magical moment

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Former star shares big words on Carlos Alcaraz-Jannik Sinner's rivalry
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Jannik Sinner has been the most promising player in Italian tennis for years now, and in the last season he managed to achieve great results in the important tournaments.

The fans' high expectations and the constant comparison with the other world tennis champion, Carlos Alcaraz, have exposed him to some unfair criticism from some Italian media.

In a recent interview on the Fanpage.it website, Filippo Volandri, non-playing captain of Italy's Davis Cup team, defended his player, talking about his magical moment after the victory in Beijing and the luck of having a tennis player like Jannik in squad.

The words of Filippo Volandri on Jannik Sinner

Volandri praised the 21-year-old, analyzing: "Jannik is the one who gives you 100% of what he has that day without complaining. Then it is obvious that when he is not at 100% physical integrity, because he has muscle or stomach discomfort rather what a fever, you can see it but you don't complain, and this is the difference with the others.

Last year he wasn't at 100% and we who were in close contact with him knew it. He went on the pitch and didn't seem to be physically exhausted, there was a reason but he kept it to himself."

On the constant comparisons between Sinner and Alcaraz, Volandri said: "This is certainly not good, but unfortunately it is part of our culture. I continue on my path, demonstrating that there is always a logical thought behind my choices, but for out of curiosity, I went to read the Spanish press and newspapers after Davis, leaving aside the Italian ones, and nothing happened there.

Alcaraz didn't go to play and nothing happened, Spain didn't qualify in an event that organizes the final phase and nothing happened. David Ferrer made his debut as captain, didn't get through the group and nothing happened.

This is very much our stuff that I would like to see changed and I will do everything I can to change it, but it is a drop in the ocean. But if the drops become more than one, maybe we can reach the goal."

The captain of the Davis Cup national team then explained where Jannik can go.

"He can get to play the same matches and beat the same players in the Masters 1000 and in the Slams. We know that they are more complicated tournaments because they last longer, because you play three out of five and he knows perfectly well that he still needs to work to get to the tall, but he's doing it and he's doing it at the speed of light. So well done to him and to those around him," he explained.

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