Sinner's wise advice to young generations: "Be careful with social media"

The Australian Open champion shared how he doesn't like social media, explaining the reasons why

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Sinner's wise advice to young generations: "Be careful with social media"
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A Slam winner, a champion, has the super power to influence crowds, especially if he is a beloved star. Many athletes are able to do this and tennis players know it well. Idols like Venus and Serena Williams, or the Big 3 Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael have moved hordes of fans, thanks to their charisma and talent.

Today it is the turn of the young generations. And among them, Jannik Sinner is the perfect prototype. Young, friendly, successful, humble and wise. A wisdom that transmits many of the virtues that he took from his family. The culture of work, of respect, of the tranquility of living a normal life even when he becomes the idol of many fans, of old and new generations.

And speaking of new generations (but not only!), the words shared by the Australian Open winner regarding the use of social media should be listened to syllable by syllable.

The time spent online by young people is increasing day by day. Young people are attracted by everything that the varied world of social media offers and too often tend to forget the double face of the tools they use.

If on the one hand, platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have allowed people to always stay in touch with their loved ones, on the other, the proliferation of interactions via the web has absurdly created a physical distance between the interested parties themselves. Excessive use of social media can hide pitfalls from which you need to know how to protect yourself.

"I don't like social media. I tell kids to be careful"

Sinner, at the press conference convened in the new FITP headquarters, elaborated a very interesting speech on the subject, explaining his point of view.

"I don't like social media. I tell kids to be careful. Maybe a person is sad but posts a happy photo: that's already sending the wrong message. It can happen that you write things that you don't really think. I try to use social media little, even if sometimes I have to check some things myself. I live well even without social media. I like watching television series," he told.

Sinner then focused on the possible effects of success.

"People change, but the fundamental qualities remain. If a person is humble and continues to work, success becomes a positive thing and does not change you. I hope I am not wrong, but I am sure that I will always remain the same. I'm a simple boy, I'm 22 years old and I like playing on the computer like the others. I think they really appreciate that about me," explained Jannik.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Kelly Defina / Stringer Getty Images Sport

The young Italian then explained why he moved his tax address to Monte Carlo, where he trains. A revisable, provocative (and probably useless) article by the deputy editor of the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, Aldo Cazzullo

"If our Jannik Sinner decided to bring his tax domicile back to Italy, I would immediately become his fan. A similar gesture would have an enormous symbolic value, greater than that of many government measures in favor of tax recovery. In 53 years, I don't remember a sporting event that has aroused a wave of rhetoric higher than Sinner's victory in Melbourne. Not even the 1982 FIFA World Cup."

Sinner decided to move his residence from Italy to Monte Carlo in 2020. Monte Carlo has always represented a paradise for tennis players, not only from a fiscal point of view.

Questioned on the topic during the special press conference organized in the new FITP headquarters, Sinner explained the reasons that led him in this direction.

"When I turned 18 I trained in Bordighera with my former coach Riccardo Piatti. He lived in Monte Carlo and I decided to follow him. The best thing about Monte Carlo is that there are many tennis players with whom you can train, the facilities are perfect, there are several gyms. So honestly I feel at home there. I'm fine there, I have a normal life. I can go to the supermarket without problems," explained Sinner with his simplicity, effectively responding perfectly to Cazzullo's useless insinuations.

The Italian also revealed the reason why he has not yet traveled to Sesto Pusteria, the place where he grew up.

"My intention was to go to Sesto. A tragedy occurred following a serious accident. I don't want to go yet for this reason: it's a difficult time. I don't want to go there and overshadow such a serious matter. Organize a partying doesn't seem appropriate to me at the moment," explained Jannik, once again showing his virtuous and mature personality.

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