Coach Riccardo Piatti speaks on Jannik Sinner's mentality, work ethic

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Coach Riccardo Piatti speaks on Jannik Sinner's mentality, work ethic

Coach Riccardo Piatti insists his pupil Jannik Sinner has the right mentality and he is completely dedicated to constantly getting better and improving. Sinner, 18, drew lots of positive attention to his name last year and now many view him as a future multiple Grand Slam champion and world No.

1. The Italian made his maiden ATP semifinal in Antwerp last year, before winning it all at the Next Gen ATP Finals event. Sinner, ranked at No. 73 in the world, achieved his career-high ranking of No. 68 in the world this past February.

"Jannik’s mentality is like the sport; he loves the sport,” Piatti told the ATP Tour. “I like my job and have done it for 40 years. He is the same, he loves his sport, and he wants to be better, improve and he is doing everything for that.

He is watching a lot of matches, practising a lot, and not because he is obligated to do so. Because he knows what he wants. It’s very easy to dedicate your life for one or two years, but I’ve been trying to tell Jannik he needs to dedicate his life to the sport for 15 years."

Sinner started this season with a 3-5 record at the ATP level. In his Australian Open debut, the 18-year-old beat Australian Max Purcell in his opener at Melbourne Park before losing to Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in the second round. The Italian's best result of the season came at an ATP 500 event in Rotterdam, where he made the quarterfinal.