Jannik Sinner questions his presence at the Roland Garros

The Italian talked about his hip problem in a special press conference held in Rome

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Jannik Sinner questions his presence at the Roland Garros
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His absence from the Italian Open in Rome also casts doubt on his participation at the Roland Garros: Jannik Sinner said he will only play the Parisian Slam if he is at 100%.

The hip problem does not allow the Italian to compete to the best of his ability and the 22-year-old will therefore not be able to take the field at the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome.

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Sinner called a special press conference at the FITP Lounge of the Foro Italico (Rome) to update fans on his physical condition, also casting serious doubts on his presence in Paris.

"I will definitely spend a period without playing. We will have to see how to work from next week onwards, we still have to decide some things.
Obviously the preparation for Paris will not be optimal. My team and I will do our utmost to get there in the best conditions.

It's not easy to play the Roland Garros without competing in Rome. We cannot answer these questions yet. I will only play Roland Garros if he is 100% capable of competing. We have to evaluate every little doubt, also because we play the best of five sets," he explained.

"Before the Madrid tournament I was better, but some days I felt the pain more. It was a bit of a strange situation, because against Khachanov it was better again.

I knew something was wrong and the next day we made the decision not to play against Auger-Aliassime. I returned to Monte Carlo and performed other tests which led me to make this difficult decision, because Rome is a special tournament for me.

We must accept what happened. It hurts me and many fans. I am 22 years old and I hope to be able to play for another 15 years in Rome.
Some injuries are preventable, others are not. I don't want to go into details.

We thought it was nothing serious, but the MRI said otherwise. We have everything under control. If I didn't recover 100%, I would be ready to stop. I don't want to waste years of my career. Body care is very important.

We are doing a great job from this point of view. We can learn from these things and move forward. Next year I will have to manage the situation better by deciding, for example, whether to play Monte Carlo or not.

I like playing all the tournaments. I don't see it as a defeat, we can certainly do some things better. What did I learn? I realize that rest is very important, but last year I worked well from this point of view. I'm quite calm about the choices I made," he explained.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Sinner out of Rome: Roland Garros at risk?

Jannik announced his official decision yesterday afternoon to skip the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

“It is not easy to write this message, but after speaking again with the doctors and specialists about my hip problems I have to announce that unfortunately I will not be able to play in Rome. Obviously I'm very sad that I didn't recover, it being one of my favorite tournaments ever. I couldn't wait to come back and play at home," he wrote on his Instagram account.

The defending Australian Open champion will still spend a few days at the Foro Italico, the historic venue of the tournament.

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