Nicola Pietrangeli takes a shot at Jannik Sinnerv

Jannik Sinner made the history of Italian tennis

by Simone Brugnoli
Nicola Pietrangeli takes a shot at Jannik Sinnerv
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Nicola Pietrangeli is one of the former Italian tennis players who spoke out in recent hours to congratulate Jannik Sinner. The South Tyrolean will be the new world number one in the ATP rankings starting Monday 10 June: a milestone never achieved by an Italian player in the history of tennis.

The 90-year-old born in Tunis continues to make fans discuss with his spicy statements on the result obtained by the player from San Candido at Roland Garros: "Am I still the greatest Italian tennis player of all time? I am running the risk of not being so anymore, we will see at the end of Sinner's career.

But for the moment, yes" are the words released to Rai Radio Uno in the program 'Un giorno da Pecora'.

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Nicola Pietrangeli opens up on Jannik Sinner

It is a particularly happy time for Italian tennis, especially for Jannik Sinner. The Italian celebrated two important events in his career on Tuesday. His first semifinal at Roland Garros, obtained thanks to his victory over Grigor Dimitrov, but above all his first position in the ranking, thanks to Novak Djokovic's withdrawal due to a knee problem.

In today's edition of Corriere dello Sport, Nicola Pietrangeli, class of 1933, gave an interesting interview in which he gave insight into what it means to be No. 1 now: “Everyone will want to beat Jannik Sinner.

He will feel the enormous satisfaction of having succeeded, but from now on he will only have enemies." Then the high praise for the South Tyrolean: “He seems to me to be a down-to-earth guy, no doubt he also has a really good team behind him that helps him.

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Dan Istitene / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Now probably a new era will be born: first there was Nadal and Federer, now it will be his and Alcaraz's turn,” he added. Pietrangeli also criticized the current system that defines the world ranking: “Sinner was already number one for a few weeks, although the points still indicated Djokovic as the leader.

Maybe it was better before, when the ranking was drawn up by journalists. I hope someday someone will explain what this modern era is."

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