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

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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

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/...ng-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!
 
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/...ng-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.
 
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. ;)
 
Top