Paul Annacone: 'Jannik Sinner’s a terrific returner'

There are 29 men who have conquered the world number one since the ranking was created in 1973

by Simone Brugnoli
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Paul Annacone: 'Jannik Sinner’s a terrific returner'
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There are 29 men who have conquered the world number one since the ranking was created in 1973, the last of them being Jannik Sinner, who reached the top at the age of 22 and after the end of Roland Garros.

Jannik Sinner
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The Italian returned to Monte Carlo and there, at the Monte Carlo Country Club, he received a visit from the ATP headed by the president of the association, Andrea Gaudenzi. The native of San Candido received a very special trophy, the one that certifies him as the best tennis player on the planet, a dream he is living and about which he spoke very sincerely.

"World number one is the achievement I was looking for, and obviously now I have to see how long I can stay there," said the first Italian to reach the top of the ranking. In a recent interview with the official ATP website, top coach Paul Annacone reflected on Sinner’s rise.

Paul Annacone praises Jannik Sinner

Former Roger Federer’s coach Paul Annacone praised Jannik Sinner: “So based on that, you really have to be good off of the first strike. So when you look at [Sinner’s] improvements in the serve, in particular, that’s a huge bonus. He’s a terrific returner. So that’s standard and that is the status quo, but I think serve is going to pay huge dividends for him on the grass this year.”

Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024
Jannik Sinner, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

It was only a matter of time before Jannik Sinner has lived up to expectations and has reached world number one at just 22 years of age over the last 12 months, a period in which he has played brilliant tennis, showing enormous growth and winning the major titles on the men's circuit, a regularity that has elevated him to the top position in the ATP rankings.

The twenty-ninth tennis player to reach this privileged position has achieved the sporting feat after reaching the semi-finals of Roland Garros last week and has joined a group of legends of the racket sport, confirming that he is the present and future of the discipline.

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