Italian tennis veteran Andreas Seppi is impressed with Jannik Sinner as he predicts the 18-year-old will have a big future. At the beginning of the season, Sinner won 16 matches in a row as he claimed the Bergamo Challenger title and two Futures titles.
The Italian earned two more Challenger titles this year but he also proved capable of performing on the main stage despite turning only 18 years in August. Sinner made his maiden ATP semifinal at the European Open In Antwerp, before losing to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.
Two weeks later, Sinner impressed in his Next Gen ATP Finals debut as he beat Alex de Minaur in the final to lift the trophy. Sinner, who started the year ranked at No. 551 in the world, finishes the year at a career-high ranking of No.
78. "It’s actually what every nation wants to see, a good young player coming up with a really big potential, winning a Slam. He (Sinner) is still 18, anything can happen. But his potential can be really big for a long time, Top 10 and everything,” Seppi told the ATP Cup.
“It’s nice to see someone that good from your area, and maybe it could be also that we helped in the past years, for him to see us, that he can do it. So I think that is also an important thing."