John McEnroe expresses doubts about Jannik Sinner's fitness

The American legend believes that the young Italian is not 100%. Meanwhile Jannik won the first round of the Parisian Slam against Eubanks...

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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John McEnroe expresses doubts about Jannik Sinner's fitness
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The victory in the first round against Christpher Eubanks gave some positive signals on the physical state of the young Jannik Sinner. But the hardest physical tests will come from the second round of the Roland Garros onwards, for the ATP No.2. The hip problems seem at least partially overcome but John McEnroe believes that it will be difficult for the young Italian to win the French Open. In an interview given to the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, the former American legend talked about Sinner's chances of final victory.

"I doubt that Jannik is 100%. He hasn't done the ideal preparation and wanted to play more matches to have the chance to arrive ready in Paris. I think this is the most open tournament in recent years. Especially with the uncertainty that affects many of the top players. It's quite exciting from a commentator's point of view. I'm sure it's very stressful for the players, especially the top players, if they don't know where they stand. Obviously if everyone was healthy you would have three or four big favorites. So at least it opens the door for other players who wouldn't normally think they have a chance. The Roland Garros is a Slam and that's where the top players want to play. In my time it mattered who had the best record at the end of the year, but today it matters how many Slams you collect at the end of your career," analyzed McEnroe, fueling some doubts about the young Italian's physical fitness.

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During the Media Day on the eve of the Parisian slam, Sinner himself explained: "I can't work miracles. I haven't played tennis for about three weeks, which is a long time before a Grand Slam. I just try to play day in and day out. This is a little different approach in this tournament than in the past because hopefully advancing to the first round will help me find my rhythm a little bit."

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Jannik Sinner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Meanwhile, in a recent interview with The Guardian, Sinner recalled the match he lost last year in Paris against Daniel Altmaier, explaining how his mentality has changed.

"I always try to learn from defeats and this one was tough. My mentality wasn't the best and I promised myself that this attitude would not be repeated. It was time to do my best with a smile. There is pressure, of course, but pressure is a privilege. There were too many ups and downs, emotionally. It can happen - you play one set well, one set badly - especially on clay. But I was not happy on the pitch and without motivation. My team told me: Why do you have this attitude?. They were right and I always believed that if you want to improve you have to accept what you did wrong. After that match I trained a lot.

It's okay to miss shots, even lose. But you have to be happy to be on the court. Tennis started as a hobby and now it is my job. But it's important that I continue to play as if it were my hobby. It's impossible to always be positive. There are many negative moments, but you have to find a way to get out of them. The more you play, the easier it is. I like to dance in the storm of pressure. You have to enjoy the pressure because it's not like we're doctors operating. If you make a mistake as a doctor, it can cost you your life. We win or lose and the next week you have another chance," explained Sinner.

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

The Australian Open champion concluded by talking about his possible semi-final challenge against Carlos Alcaraz and their rivalry: "When I play against him I know it's a very important match. But we are so young and we still can't be compared to Nadal and Djokovic We still have a long way to go and we need consistency."

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