Rising Italian tennis player Jannik Sinner says he is happy that he made a decision to leave home at the age of 13 in order to pursue his professional tennis career.
Jannik Sinner on leaving home at the age of 13 to pursue his tennis career and join the academy of Piatti
Speaking to the ATP Tour website, 18 year old Sinner says he decided to focus on pursuing tennis only at the age of 13 when he visited the academy of tennis coach Riccardo Piatti, with whom he is still working.
Sinner says, "I skied more than [I played] tennis. I [also] played football. It wasn’t easy in the beginning of course leaving all my friends. I had many good friends in my hometown. I had to leave one or basically two sports — skiing and football — and then of course my family, which was not easy.
But it was my decision and I’m still enjoying playing tennis. That was the point why I left my home. Now I’m really happy that I made that decision”. Sinner says he is very thankful for the support of Piatti and the other coaches at the academy.
"I remember he was watching me and I saw that he was very excited to watch me play and there were many coaches there who saw me. They said, ‘Okay, this is a good kid. He can play good tennis. This helped me a little bit with the decision and then of course with Riccardo, especially now, he’s always on the court with me when I’m there… I’m very appreciative”.
Besides his goals on the court, Sinner says he would also like to be good role model for kids. "[It’s important to] be a very nice guy on court and off court. That’s the most important part for me”. 18 year old Jannik Sinner has a career high ATP singles ranking of world No.
68 which he reached earlier this year and is currently ranked No. 73 in the world. He won the 2019 NextGenATP Finals to become the third and youngest winner of the event, after beating Alex de Minaur in the final. He also reached the second round of the Australian Open in 2020.