Jannik Sinner reveals: "Roger Federer was my idol"

The young Italian thanked the past number 1s who celebrated him in a video released by ATP

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Jannik Sinner reveals: "Roger Federer was my idol"
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With a video published through its social media, ATP celebrated Jannik Sinner, the new leader of the men's tennis, giving the young Italian the compliments of some of the previous ATP No.1s in history. One of them was Roger Federer, the tennis idol of the Italian champion.

"My idol was Federer, his message was special, but all the messages received from the former world number 1s were beautiful. I would like to be able to thank them personally, doing it with each one in person would be the best," said Sinner, commenting on the shared video for him by ATP and underlining how Roger has always been his idol.

In the meantime, today, at the ATP 500 tournament in Halle, the Italian will play his first match as world number 1 and he will try to start the grass season in the best possible way, to prepare for the highly anticipated Wimbledon Championships.

"I'm happy to go back to playing on grass. It's a surface where you have little time to adapt. The goal is Wimbledon, in Halle I hope to play as many matches as possible. The draw is very difficult, already from the debut with Tallon Griekspoor .
I can't wait to get on the court, it will be a good test for me,"
said the young Italian, in an interview with Tennis TV.

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A few days ago, Jannik carried out the medical examinations necessary for the Italian staff to select the athletes who will participate in the Paris Olympics. On the occasion of this, Sinner shared the excitement of being able to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time.

"I'm very happy. We've done the medical checks, I'm fine. Now we have to continue working: I'll play the ATP 500 in Halle, Wimbledon and obviously the Olympics, which will be a key moment in my career. Being ATP No.1 is a very nice feeling, but this year I will just turn 23. I will still have a lot of work to do. My journey has just begun. For me, it will be played in Europe, I am very excited to get to know all the other Italians besides Filippo and to team up together. The objectives are the same as before: to improve both as a tennis player and as a person. The immediate focus is on Wimbledon, where I will try to move forward as much as possible, and of course on Paris 2024 to try to win a medal," said the Italian, as reported by Sky Sport.

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