Jannik Sinner's first coach makes a huge revelation

Jannik Sinner to take part in the Olympic Games for the first time

by Simone Brugnoli
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Jannik Sinner's first coach makes a huge revelation
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Jannik Sinner is the man of the moment in Italian tennis and sport, the last few months have been exceptional, and as of Monday Sinner became world number one, the first Italian in history to achieve this extraordinary result.

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

The South Tyrolean tennis player received in these hours the affection of Sesto Pusteria, the small town where he grew up and where he was awarded honorary citizenship.

Jannik Sinner to take part in the Olympic Games

Fanpage colleagues interviewed Heribert Mayr, the first coach of Jannik Sinner's tennis career when he was only 12 years old.

Here are his words, "Right now I am a tennis coach in Riscone, at the Brunico clubhouse, and I can say that I have coached among others Jannik Sinner. His return home? Yes, I was invited and it was a great emotion.

The last time I saw him was in Paris two years ago but a lot has changed since then. I congratulated him on winning the Australian Open and becoming number one in the world." Heribert revealed some curious background about his first meeting with the talent from San Candido and explained, "I met him when he was 7-8 years old and immediately you could see that he had something more than the others.

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

I coached him until he was 13, then he left here. Everything changed: at one point he was the Italian skiing champion, we were in the Spring and he told me he had made a decision, I was hurt when he said 'I'm quitting skiing,' his life was based on that, and fortunately it went well.

What did he manage to understand right away? The thing he had from an early age was the ability to read the opponent's game, he had a great vision of the game and I didn't have to explain anything to him, everything came naturally to him," the coach's closing remarks.

Jannik Sinner will be competing in the Olympic Games for the first time and is eager to represent Italy after winning the Davis Cup last November. The new world number one went to Rome for the usual medical checks as part of the CONI 'probable Olympic athletes' protocol.

Jannik Sinner Olympic Games
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