Jannik Sinner hard on himself: hand trouble and doubts on the horizon

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The words of Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner spoke after the sharp defeat suffered against Huesler. “I tried but honestly I had little energy. At one point I felt a pain in my hand, in the second/third game, but these are not excuses. There was no match; it’s not ideal to end the year like that.”

There is still Davis, however: “Now I’m taking days off and I think the most important thing is to recharge my batteries, to do other things, because anyway this year has been long and difficult for me. When I was playing well something happened to me always in between the big tournaments, then when you have a physical problem you don’t improve me so much because you have to work to recover. So there was not so much work though in the end, for example even in the match with Medvedev I put some forehand slice that maybe a year ago I wouldn’t have been able to do. I changed my game a little bit in a way that I didn’t do last year. Some improvements have been there.”

“Davis? Let’s try this year to do well and to be ready, but first physically we have to do a lot of things, then I’m sure next year it will be better,” the South Tyrolean closed this way.

Despite having achieved excellent results in skiing since childhood, at the age of 13 Jannik decided to devote himself exclusively to tennis, moving to Bordighera, at the court of Riccardo Piatti. It was a choice that would prove successful, as Sinner is the youngest Italian tennis player ever to enter the top 100 (October 2019) and to win an Atp title in the Open era (Sofia 2020). In addition, along with Matteo Berrettini, Jannik is the only Italian tennis player to have reached at least the round of 16 in all four Slams. For him, 2022 was the breakthrough year: he left Piatti to rely on Vagnozzi.

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