Yes, and I don’t think so...he is Italian from South Tyrol near the Austrian border. Martin is from Koblenz in Deutschland and now coaches in Boblingen, 300 km closer to Italy but still hours away by car or train.
I see all ye Sinners are busy trying to be saints, this the zero comments during thus Sinful maiden main draw match. Jannik was a wonderful Sinner in the first set but then went totally saintly during the second but he has regained his Sinner behavior in the third. 6-3 0-6 4-1 (one break).
An up-and-down performance earlier today from Jannik Sinner in his first-round match against home hope Mate Valkusz in Budapest. After a very good first set the Italian was overwhelmed in the second. But he recovered well to lead 4-1 in the final set only to play a dreadful game at 4-2 and another poor one after breaking again to lead 5-3. However, he managed to break serve break once again in the tenth game to seal a 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 victory, his first ever in a main singles draw at ATP level.
Sinners rejoice!!! Will 4/24/19 replace 12/25/00 (neither B.C. nor A.D) as the birth of The Savior???
Plays 2R on Thursday vs Laslo Djere, Rio’19 champion and Marco Cecchinato’s benefactor...Djere’s withdrawal here allowed Cecchinato’s LL run to the breakthrough 2018 title. Jannik will attempt to become the second consecutive Budapest champion LL gifted entry by a Serb! Think of Dusan every time you celebrate your first ATP match win and perhaps title.
An up-and-down performance earlier today from Jannik Sinner in his first-round match against home hope Mate Valkusz in Budapest. After a very good first set the Italian was overwhelmed in the second. But he recovered well to lead 4-1 in the final set only to play a dreadful game at 4-2 and another poor one after breaking again to lead 5-3.However, he managed to break serve break once again in the tenth game to seal a 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 victory, his first ever in a main singles draw at ATP level.
A 6-3, 6-1 victory for Laslo Djere over Jannik Sinner earlier today in third-round action in Budapest. Despite the one-sided look of the final score, most of the games went to deuce, with Djere winning most of the big points.
About a month ago, when he was on his recent unbeaten run in singles, Jannik Sinner gave an interview to a journalist from the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. An English translation of the interview in question is provided below:
From the Corriere Della Sera, March 19, 2019
Jannik Sinner – From giant slalom to the sea with Piatti. Tennis as destiny.
The Italian has become the first millennial to win a challenger. He trains at Riccardo Piatti’s club in Bordighera. “I was sliding around and didn’t think I was playing well. Now I know that I have a real talent”.
By Gaia Piccardi
“Sorry for laughing but Andrea Volpini, my coach, just banged his head while we were talking!” The first interview is unforgettable. And never mind if Jannik Sinner’s with the Corriere Della Sera is full of lapses in memory (“What does my brother Mark do for a living? Hmm, I don't remember – something in Bressanone involving printers…”), funny interludes (“I’ll spell my mother’s name for you: S-i-g-l-i-n-d-e”) and laughter. The important thing is that the game of this South Tyrolean (he was born in San Candido on August 12, 2001) is running smoothly and he is progressing rapidly.
While everyone was celebrating Lorenzo Musetti’s victory in the boys’ singles event at this year’s Australian Open (he is a splendid prospect and just seven months younger than Sinner), Jannik won, back-to-back, the challenger tournament in Bergamo (the first player from the class of 2001 to succeed at that level) and the ITF tournament in Trento, winning eleven matches in a row and $25,000 in prize money in the process, and also rising to no. 322 in the world rankings.
It is, therefore, worthwhile making a trip to see the talented redhead discovered by Max Sartori (Andreas Seppi’s coach) at the Ortisei tournament and immediately taken to Bordighera to the tennis centre run by the guru Riccardo Piatti – from the mountains to the sea with no stops along the way. “I ski and used to do alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding (giant slalom), at which I was a junior champion of Italy, and I also played tennis pretty well”, says Jannik, who doesn’t owe his first name to [Yannick] Noah. “Having to leave the family home at the age of 14 was not an easy choice, but I have always wanted to do very well in a particular sport. My dad [Hanspeter] is a chef in Sexten in South Tyrol, my mother is a waitress in the same place. They have given me a great deal of freedom and I’m grateful to them for that.”
Initially hosted by a Croatian family (“I now share a house with two other players from the Piatti Academy – it’s in a complete state”), and immediately entrusted to the care of Volpini (“I was struck by his instinctive and very offensive game, and his ability to manage his emotions", explains his coach), Sinner made rapid progress, growing in both height and confidence. “Everybody used to say to me, You’re a very good player! However, I was always the last one to believe them. But now am I aware of my talent and my potential.”
After beating three Top 500 players in a row, he has reached a level from which he hopes to make further progress. “I’ve won a challenger and an ITF tournament. The bar is always rising higher and higher, but it’s the only way to improve”, admits Jannik. “I work on my forehand and service. My backhand is my most reliable shot. I prefer faster surfaces, but also enjoy myself on clay – I like sliding.”
In his bedroom he used to have a poster of Bode Miller, the American alpine skiing champion. Nowadays he likes Federer (who else?) and Seppi. The most unforgettable piece of advice he has ever received was from Novak Djokovic, in Bordighera: “Tennis is a question of confidence and of the mind.”
At home he speaks the German dialect of his valley; he learned Italian in Liguria: “I had the basics from school but little vocabulary. I was born a stone’s throw from Austria, but I never think about obtaining an Austrian passport. I train in Italy with Italian coaches – I’m Italian. Just don’t ask me to sing the national anthem.”
On the horizon lies qualification for the main singles draw at the U.S. Open, or for the 2020 Australian Open at the latest. Once you’re on the right path, there is no going back. Ever.
Jannik Sinner has moved on from Budapest to the Czech Republic where he will be playing in next week's Challenger tournament in Ostrava. The Italian is due to take on Attila Balasz of Hungary in first-round action in the main singles draw.
A straight-sets win earlier today for Jannik Sinner against Attila Balasz in first-round action at the Challenger tournament in Ostrava. The Italian won 6-4, 7-6(6), and next faces the German Dominik Köpfer, the no. 9 seed, for a place in the last 16.
An impressive performance from Jannik Sinner earlier today at the Challenger in Ostrava where he easily beat Dominik Köpfer, 6-2, 6-3. The Italian next faces home hope and fellow 17-year-old Jiri Lehecka for a place in the quarter-finals.