Forgive Me, Father, For I Am a Full Fledged Sinner!

stringertom

Bionic Poster
A tough ask for Jannik Sinner in the qualifying event in Halle where he was drawn to play the no. 1 seed, Joao Sousa, in the first round earlier on Saturday. Although the Italian won the first set on a tiebreak, he was broken twice in the second set and once in the third as Sousa recorded a 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4 victory. Sinner might do well to return to the Challenger tour where he can avoid losses in the early rounds and thereby continue his impressive rise up the rankings.
Sinner got four good matches in on grass to better prepare for his qualifying attempt at Wimbledon, where he is safely inside the cut line. Sinners rejoice and pray for Jannik’s path through 3 opponents and into MD.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Jannik Sinner returns to tournament play later today in the men's qualifying event for this year's Wimbledon. The 17-year-old Italian will take on the 26-year-old Australian Alex Bolt in a first-round encounter between two unseeded players. The winner of that match will face either the Austrian Dennis Novak, the no 14. seed, or Thiemo de Bakker of The Netherlands.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Jannik Sinner has been missing some Challenger tournaments in Italy in recent weeks due to his premature attempts to gain some experience on grass. His attempt at qualifying for Wimbledon was ill-advised -- he's still quite far from that level. Some more success in Challenger tournaments would help both his ranking and his confidence.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik Sinner has been missing some Challenger tournaments in Italy in recent weeks due to his premature attempts to gain some experience on grass. His attempt at qualifying for Wimbledon was ill-advised -- he's still quite far from that level. Some more success in Challenger tournaments would help both his ranking and his confidence.
Disagree wholeheartedly. He’s gained a lot of experience that will help him in the long run and there are plenty of clay Challengers to play all over Europe this summer.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik is enjoying a long break after his Wimby qualies loss but will be back on the court next weekend as he attempts to qualify at the ATP250 Umag Croatia Open.
 
Actually, he's been given a WC for the main draw! Should be interesting...

As for his break, he apparently had a bad case of the flu. Word on the street is he could barely stand up during that qualies match in Roehampton.
 
Nothing better than a sin fest to get over the post-Wimby blues!

On Monday, Jannik faces Pedro "Not His Brother" Sousa in the first round at Umag. Second match of the night session, presumably starting around 8:30/9 pm CET.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
What a great comeback win for my favorite Sinner. Breadsticked by Pedro Sousa at Umag 1R, and being down an opening game break in the second set was not enough to keep him from earning the 1-6 6-3 6-4 win.
Jannik traded breaks in the decisive third set before getting a second break at 4-4 and then serving it out.

He will play Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in 2R. The veteran upset #5 seed Marco Cecchinato in straight sets today.
 
Not sure if anyone got to see this latest Sin Win, but "the wrong Sousa" was playing out of his frickin' mind. The way Gianni turned this match around was absolutely riveting. Can't wait till he gets to the hard courts... gonna be one heck of a ride.

 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Not sure if anyone got to see this latest Sin Win, but "the wrong Sousa" was playing out of his frickin' mind. The way Gianni turned this match around was absolutely riveting. Can't wait till he gets to the hard courts... gonna be one heck of a ride.

Wow! His game is progressing very nicely from my first glimpses of him at the Bergamo Challenger. What great composure too to hang in there and fight off BP for an insurance break for Sousa in the second set!

I could watch him all day!

I like the stylish Nike kit as well.

#FullFledgedSinner
 
In other news, he has also won the Umag Mario Kart Tournament on Nintendo Switch - presumably playing with Wario or Bowser or some other lovably sinful character.

https://www.croatiaopen.hr/en/news/news/sinner-and-travaglia-show-off-excellent-gaming-skills-at-the-atp-mario-kart-championship/

PS If he loses tonight, you guys in the States may get your first live look at the kid, as he is entered in next week's Binghamton Challenger. Should he advance to the quarters (or further) in Umag, instead, I suspect he'll delay his first North American campaign by a week.

In any case, fasten your seat belts: full-fledged SINNERMANIA is about to begin!
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
In other news, he has also won the Umag Mario Kart Tournament on Nintendo Switch - presumably playing with Wario or Bowser or some other lovably sinful character.

https://www.croatiaopen.hr/en/news/news/sinner-and-travaglia-show-off-excellent-gaming-skills-at-the-atp-mario-kart-championship/

PS If he loses tonight, you guys in the States may get your first live look at the kid, as he is entered in next week's Binghamton Challenger. Should he advance to the quarters (or further) in Umag, instead, I suspect he'll delay his first North American campaign by a week.

In any case, fasten your seat belts: full-fledged SINNERMANIA is about to begin!
The Sousa match win allowed Sinner to crack top 200 for the first time. He reached NCH #198.
 
Sinner faught valiantly against an in-form Bedene, breaking back in spectacular fashion at 4-5 in the first set before falling in straights, 7-6 6-3.

He now flies overseas to play a full schedule of US challengers, barring any surprise last-minute wild cards.

There is much curiosity around here to see how he fares in his natural habitat: the hard courts.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinner faught valiantly against an in-form Bedene, breaking back in spectacular fashion at 4-5 in the first set before falling in straights, 7-6 6-3.

He now flies overseas to play a full schedule of US challengers, barring any surprise last-minute wild cards.

There is much curiosity around here to see how he fares in his natural habitat: the hard courts.
Binghamton, Lexington, Aptos, Vancouver? Will he stay for the fall series in Northern California?
 
Binghamton, Lexington, Aptos, Vancouver? Will he stay for the fall series in Northern California?
Not sure about Vancouver, heard some rumors about a possible wild card for Cincy (??? maybe qualies?)

As for the fall, I couldn't tell you. But I somehow doubt he'll stay in America after the USO. Not sure he'll want to be away from his home base that long. I suspect he'll come back for a few good weeks of training and maybe play a couple of Italian challengers in September (including in my hometown of Florence... one can always hope).

Or, he may be in the top-80 by then. ;)
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Jannik Sinner has been seeded no. 9 for this coming week's Challenger tournament in Binghampton, New York State. As one of the top sixteen seeds he has a bye in the first round and will face either the Russian Alexey Zakharov or Marcelo Tomas Barros Vera of Chile in his first match.
 
Despite a very poor showing, Sinner got past long-named Chilean Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the second round at Binghamton. He now faces American Mitchell Krueger for a spot in the quarters.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinners repent! Jannik loses in three despite peaking in the second set for a breadstick, 5-7 6-1 3-6. He used up all his breaks in the first two sets and then succumbed to a lone break in the third while squandering two BPs in the decisive third set.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
A typically up-and-down performance from Jannik Sinner on Thursday evening during his third-round singles match against Mitchell Kruger at the Binghamton Challenger. In the first set the Italian led 5-3 with a break and had set point on his own serve at 5-4, but squandered that opportunity before eventually losing that game and the next two as the American took the set 7-5.

The second set was all Sinner; he won it easily, 6-1. The third set began with seven consecutive breaks of serve, a pattern that was broken when Kruger managed to hold to 30 in the eighth game. In the next game he broke Sinner to love for a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory. In fact, Sinner was broken to love in his last three service games in the final set, an indication of his wild inconsistency.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
A typically up-and-down performance from Jannik Sinner on Thursday evening during his third-round singles match against Mitchell Kruger at the Binghamton Challenger. In the first set the Italian led 5-3 with a break and had set point on his own serve at 5-4, but squandered that opportunity before eventually losing that game and the next two as the American took the set 7-5.

The second set was all Sinner; he won it easily, 6-1. The third set began with seven consecutive breaks of serve, a pattern that was broken when Kruger managed to hold to 30 in the eighth game. In the next game he broke Sinner to love for a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory. In fact, Sinner was broken to love in his last three service games in the final set, an indication of his wild inconsistency.
I didn’t see the match but two different websites showing results and statistics have Krueger winning the third set via conversion of 1 BP. @Baseline_Bungle ?
 
I didn’t see the match but two different websites showing results and statistics have Krueger winning the third set via conversion of 1 BP. @Baseline_Bungle ?
Indeed: only one break in the third set. Also, Sinner did not have set point on his own serve (lost serve to 30 at 5-3) but rather on Krueger's serve at 5-4. All in all, another poor performance by Jannik, who showed flashes of utter dominance but was far to erratic and could never get it done on big points. Chalk it up to age, inexperience, surface change (court seemed VERY fast), culture shock or a bad beef on weck... whatever the case, I'm not too worried.

Now it's on to Lexington where he'll be one of the top 8 seeds (maybe even top 4, depending on WCs/pull-outs). Should do better.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Jannik Sinner has been seeded no. 3 in the main singles draw for next week's Challenger tournament in Lexington, Kentucky. The beneficiary of a first-round bye, the Italian will take on either the Russian Alexey Zakharov or Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe in the second round.
 

Joseph_K

Professional
Having been 4-5, 15-30 down to Alexey Zahkarov overnight due to rain at the Challenger in Lexington on Tuesday, Jannik Sinner quickly dropped serve when play resumed on Wednesday morning, thereby losing the first set. After that, however, the Italian played much better, winning nine of the next ten games, and never looking back as he completed a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 second-round victory.
 
Having been 4-5, 15-30 down to Alexey Zahkarov overnight due to rain at the Challenger in Lexington on Tuesday, Jannik Sinner quickly dropped serve when play resumed on Wednesday morning, thereby losing the first set. After that, however, the Italian played much better, winning nine of the next ten games, and never looking back as he completed a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 second-round victory.
Indeed. The Sinner was saved by the Heavens...
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinners rejoice! Jannik has won the first set vs Maxime Cressy with one break in the critical ninth game, 6-4.

This is a different style he is facing today from the Frenchman, who played college ball at UCLA under veteran coach Billy Martin. All serve with a lot of S/V (7 aces) and chip and charge on the return game. Sinner got the break with some sharp returns that set up passing shots or errors on the plus one volley/half-volley. Sinner dig out of his one bit of trouble at 0-30 by tamping down the power in favor of placement.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinners get extra time in the Sin Bin penalty box after Jannik failed to serve out the match at 5-4 and then blows a few separate MPs in the subsequent TB.

This Cressy dude is annoying with his fiery shrieking after key shots but he’s fearless, charging the net to press Jannik for the pass and it has worked. Let’s see if he has anything in the tank for the third...already three shirt changes.
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
As expected, Cressy folded like a cheap suit in an overstuffed case, 6-4 6-7(10) 6-1 for The Sinnerman.

Jannik makes his 3rd Challenger QF and won both previous QFs and subsequent SFs. His opponent on Friday will be Duckhee Lee (KOR), who also advanced today in three sets.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
NCH #184 with a chance to get in the 150’s.

According to a draw list I saw posted, Jannik is headed to next week’s Aptos Challenger. He is also on the list for USO qualies. Is this up to date @Baseline_Bungle ???
 
NCH #184 with a chance to get in the 150’s.

According to a draw list I saw posted, Jannik is headed to next week’s Aptos Challenger. He is also on the list for USO qualies. Is this up to date @Baseline_Bungle ???
Indeed. Plus I keep hearing rumors about a possible Cincy wild card... Also, from what I understand, on Monday he should be getting about 40 or 50 points from the ITF counter-reform, so his ranking should be around 160 even if he loses next round. Still, if you watched the match, you surely noticed that he is VERY MUCH a work in progress. I find looking at rankings is a bit futile at this point. Let's check back at the end of 2020 :)
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Indeed. Plus I keep hearing rumors about a possible Cincy wild card... Also, from what I understand, on Monday he should be getting about 40 or 50 points from the ITF counter-reform, so his ranking should be around 160 even if he loses next round. Still, if you watched the match, you surely noticed that he is VERY MUCH a work in progress. I find looking at rankings is a bit futile at this point. Let's check back at the end of 2020 :)
Too long to go without my Sinful ways!

Yes, I watched the match and his lack of experience in handling a wholly different style, especially in key stages of the match, was fully on view. The raw talent is not enough to get deep in ATP draws yet. He also needs to pay the off court dues and bulk up a bit but the really insightful commentary by Challenger broadcaster Mike Cation hinted at possible burnout symptoms on display last week at Binghamton, something about taking away some of his joy. His crew needs to monitor closely and not push too hard too early.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinning session will be held in the evening today...Jannik plays the last of the four QFs.

All play is on their top court so they’re won’t be any distraction from matches next court over like yesterday. Also, a full contingent of ball kids...yesterday’s match vs Cressy was punctuated with needless delays.
 
Too long to go without my Sinful ways!

Yes, I watched the match and his lack of experience in handling a wholly different style, especially in key stages of the match, was fully on view. The raw talent is not enough to get deep in ATP draws yet. He also needs to pay the off court dues and bulk up a bit but the really insightful commentary by Challenger broadcaster Mike Cation hinted at possible burnout symptoms on display last week at Binghamton, something about taking away some of his joy. His crew needs to monitor closely and not push too hard too early.
Ah well, I wasn't suggesting we should stop following him... I get withdrawl symptoms after a couple days! I just think that rankings shouldn't be a priority right now.

Regarding Sinner's strength training, they are indeed working him very hard, and he's already put on at least 8-12 pounds since the start of the year. Which, frankly, I find a bit perplexing... Now, I'm no expert, but is it really advisable to work so hard on bulking up a (very slim-built) kid when he still has a number of years to grow and fill out on his own? Wouldn't you want to focus mostly on cardio, movement, athletic skills and - of course - technique, and then worry about mass once he's about 20 or so?

As far as Cation's comment, he mentioned having seen him in Binghamton after being eliminated, and apparently he was training like crazy... many many hours every day. Hence his comment about "losing the joy of it" or whatever. But honestly, I'm pretty sure it's Jannik himself who wants to put in the work. He's not exactly your average Instagrammin' teenager. He seems 100% focused on tennis and has no other interests other than becoming... very good. However, as you say, they should definitely keep an eye on any possible red flags... But I trust he's in very good hands (Riccardo Piatti and his team - you just can't do any better than that in Italy).
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Ah well, I wasn't suggesting we should stop following him... I get withdrawl symptoms after a couple days! I just think that rankings shouldn't be a priority right now.

Regarding Sinner's strength training, they are indeed working him very hard, and he's already put on at least 8-12 pounds since the start of the year. Which, frankly, I find a bit perplexing... Now, I'm no expert, but is it really advisable to work so hard on bulking up a (very slim-built) kid when he still has a number of years to grow and fill out on his own? Wouldn't you want to focus mostly on cardio, movement, athletic skills and - of course - technique, and then worry about mass once he's about 20 or so?

As far as Cation's comment, he mentioned having seen him in Binghamton after being eliminated, and apparently he was training like crazy... many many hours every day. Hence his comment about "losing the joy of it" or whatever. But honestly, I'm pretty sure it's Jannik himself who wants to put in the work. He's not exactly your average Instagrammin' teenager. He seems 100% focused on tennis and has no other interests other than becoming... very good. However, as you say, they should definitely keep an eye on any possible red flags... But I trust he's in very good hands (Riccardo Piatti and his team - you just can't do any better than that in Italy).
The bulk, as long as it’s not an excessive buildup, should insulate him better from muscle/joint injury due to his rapid increase in court time. The thought is to make everything stronger so power requires less exertion. He has to be getting equal attention to kinesiology to make it effective though. You don’t bulk up just to be big.

I still think to this day that young fedr’s luckiest day of his life was the one when someone introduced him to Pierre Paganini. He is such a genius at getting tennis players ready for the strength they need AND the range of motion they will perform.

 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik needs time in the Sin Bin after giving away the first set to Lee. He had BP in the initial game, was broken in the second game, went nine deuces in the third game without punching through, then settled down to hold a couple of times before breaking to 3-4 with great returning. One hold each put him on the line at 4-5, a service game he dumped by serving a couple of DFs to set up the break and the set.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik opened strong in the second set to take a 4-0 lead then had a lull to let Lee get back one break to 3-4. From there it was one way traffic for the speedy Sinner. SP on his third BP of the 3-5 game was ended with a laser DTL BH.

Starting the third set now on his own serve.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik served a long deuce game and eventually held after playing some great defense on a BP. Then another long deuce game on Lee’s serve went Jannik’s way for the 2-0 lead. During the game Lee asked the chair for a trainer’s visit at the changeover and then pretty much tanked the return game for a 3-0 Sinner lead.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Lee did well to scratch out a game after his leg problem. The trainer’s second visit after Sinner took a 5-0 lead gave him just enough to hold serve and then courageously forced Sinner to serve it out, 4-6 6-3 6-1.

On to the SFs vs UVA graduate JC Aragone.
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
Jannik is in full fledged Sinner form today as he takes the first set 6-2. There have been a few UEs and DFs but his pace on the groundies is overwhelming Aragone.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sinners rejoice! Jannik advances to the final in a Lexington with a 6-2 6-4 win.

I love his resilience! After DFing on his first MP, he kept his foot on the throttle and whacked an ace to earn the second MP and converted it FTW.

The final is a rematch of Wimby 1R qualies, won by Alex Bolt 12-10 in the third.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Aptos Challenger draw is out and we’re looking at a totally different level of depth...from being seeded #3 in Lexington to no seed and thus an extra round. Jannik has drawn Aussie Maverick Banes 1R and the winner then plays #5 seed American Björn Fratangelo.
 
Aptos is indeed a different level, but frankly I wouldn't be shocked if he pulled out - especially having to play that extra round as early as tomorrow, or Tuesday at the latest...

I also believe his ranking will be higher than what has been reported, thanks to the ITF point "restitutions" which should come into effect tomorrow.


But it seems like nobody really knows for sure what the heck is going on there, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
 
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