Jannik Sinner: Alex Schwazer’s particular advice.
Jannik Sinner: the message from fellow countryman Alex Schwazer
Former Italian blue marcher Alex Schwazer in an interview with Corriere della Sera spoke about fellow countryman Jannik Sinner, who made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon: “I think we South Tyroleans have a great virtue that is also a huge flaw, a mixture of stubbornness, resilience, severity with ourselves. We don’t forgive ourselves for not doing everything, including the smallest details, perfectly.”
“I like Jannik, I follow him. And, rationally, I think: he is good on all surfaces, every year he has four chances to win the Slam, if you can keep yourself at the top for ten years it means 40 chances – are the words of the former marcher -. He will win a Major, even more than one. With my experience, I tell him: don’t make a drama of defeats, otherwise the virtue of resilience becomes his biggest problem. Beware, that is, never to become his own greatest enemy.”
On the semifinal against Djokovic, he sends some advice to the San Candido athlete: “If he thinks it’s the most important match of his career, it’s over. If he thinks it’s the first of many Slam semifinals, it all begins.”
“We mountain people tend to close ourselves off, and that’s wrong. I didn’t have anywhere near Jannik’s maturity at his age. But Sinner is not afraid to make big decisions, or else Piatti wouldn’t have left him.”