Italy, Carota Boys, ATP Finals, Davis Cup, Skiing: Everything you always wanted to know about Jannik Sinner (but never had the time to find out) – updated after winning the 2023 Davis Cup
Jannik Sinner was a champion skier as a youth. Here is all you need to know about the Italian, who is now world No 4
Who is Jannik Sinner?
Jannik Sinner is an Italian tennis player and one of the leading young stars on the ATP Tour. He has been ranked as high as No 4, a mark he reached for the first time on October 2, 2023, after winning the ATP China Open in Beijing.
Why is Jannik Sinner in the news?
In 2023, Jannik Sinner led Italy to its first Davis Cup title since 1976 (second overall), helping his country come from behind to beat Serbia 2-1 in the semis before sweeping Australia 2-0 in the final.
Sinner saved three match points as he beat Novak Djokovic in the singles and then teamed with Lorenzo Sonego to beat Djokovic and Kecmanovic in the deciding doubles to set up a final against Australia. After Matteo Arnaldi defeated Alexei Popyrin, Sinner won the clincher with a 6-3, 6-0 rout of Alex de Minaur.
What did Jannik Sinner do at the atp finals in 2023?
Jannik Sinner got his first-ever career win against Novak Djokovic at the 2023 ATP Finals, winning 7-5, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) in Turin. He went unbeaten to win the Green Group, and then defeated Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1 to reach the final, the first Italian man to do so. In the final, he was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Djokovic but he will end the year ranked No 4.
In early October 2023, Jannik Sinner won his ninth and 10th ATP singles titles at the ATP China Open in Beijing and Vienna Open. The Italian upset world No 2 and rival Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets in the semi-finals and then scored his first win over world No 3 Daniil Medvedev in seven career meetings in the final. In Vienna, he repeated his win over Medvedev to win his 10th career title.
What did Jannik Sinner do at the US Open in 2023?
After four hours and 41 minutes, Jannik Sinner lost a gruelling fourth-round match to Alexander Zverev. It was the third-longest match of his career.
He has lost all five of the longest matches he has played thus far: five hours and 26 minutes against Daniel Altmaier at Roland-Garros this year, five hours and 15 minutes against Carlos Alcaraz at the US Open last year, this match, four hours exactly against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open this year, and three hours and 55 minutes against Denis Shapovalov at the Australian Open in 2021.
What did Jannik Sinner do at Wimbledon in 2023?
Jannik Sinner reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2023. He got to the last four of the tournament dropping only two sets, and did not face another seeded player. In the semi-final, he took on Novak Djokovic, the second seed, and lost 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
What is the biggest title won by Jannik Sinner?
Jannik Sinner won his first Masters 1000 title in August 2023 when he beat Alex de Minaur of Australia in the final in Toronto. It was his eighth career title and moved him up to a career-high ranking of No 6.
What did Sinner achieve at the 2023 Miami Masters?
At the 2023 Miami Open, Sinner reached the final for the second time in three years. The Italian defeated world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals before going down to red-hot Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Who leads the Sinner vs Alcaraz rivalry?
Sinner leads the rivalry between the two, who are also friends off the court, by a slim margin of 4-3 after his win over Alcaraz at the China Open in October 2023.
Who is Jannik Sinner’s coach?
Sinner is currently being coached by Simone Vagnozzi and Darren Cahill. During the 2022 grass court season, Cahill joined the Italian’s team as coach. Cahill, a former world No 22, has earlier worked with Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Simona Halep among others.
In February 2022, Sinner announced that he is making a change to his coaching arrangements and parted ways with Riccardo Piatti and all his entire coaching team. The Italian had worked for seven years under the tutelage of Piatti, whom he left home to train with at the age of 13.
Where was Jannik Sinner born?
Jannik Sinner was born in San Candido, Italy, on August 16, 2001. He currently resides in Monte-Carlo. San Candido is a town in northern Italy, in South Tyrol, near the Austrian border.
What is Sinner’s highest ranking?
The Italian achieved a career-high ranking of world No 4 after winning the 2023 China Open in Beijing in early October 2023. You can find his current ranking and his ranking history on his ATP Tour profile page.
How much prize money has Sinner won?
As of November 19, 2023, Sinner has earned $12,336 in career prize money. You can find his updated prize money stats on his ATP Tour profile page.
How is Sinner associated with the Carota Boys?
The Carota Boys, comprising of five die-hard fans of Jannik Sinner, are dressed like carrots with the concept inspired from Sinner’s red hair and also from the fact that Sinner ate carrots during a changeover in a competition in Vienna a few years ago.
Carota Boys first appeared in the Rome Masters in May 2023 before they travelled to Paris for the French Open, which marked their Grand Slam debut, and later to London for Wimbledon. They also travelled to the US Open, where they finally met with Sinner.
What is Sinner’s best shot?
Even though he is still young, Sinner is already known for having one of the most powerful backhands in tennis. In an article for ATPWorldTour.com, analyst Craig O’Shannessy points out that the Italian hits his backhand with more topspin – in terms of revolutions – than anyone else on the tour. It also ranks high in terms of pace.
What is his nickname?
Sinner is known as “The Fox” or “Jan the Fox.”
How many titles has Sinner won?
Sinner has won 10 singles titles on the ATP Tour. He won his first title in Sofia in 2020 and added a second at the start of 2021, in Melbourne. He also reached his first Masters 1000 final in Miami, losing out to Hubert Hurkacz in the final. Sinner added three more titles in 2021, winning in Washington, Sofia – for a second time – and then in Antwerp. He added a sixth title by winning in Umag in 2022. He has won two titles in 2023; first in Montpellier in February 2023, followed by Toronto in August and then Beijing and Vienna in October.
He also stunned the field at the 2019 NextGen ATP finals in Milan. “I’m surprised because it’s been an unbelievable week,” Sinner said, after winning the title. “All the players are unbelievable players. If not, they are not here. I was the [lowest-ranked] one. I was the [eighth] seed. So I tried to have my chances and, of course, today I’m very happy about my game.”
What is Jannik Sinner’s best performance at Grand Slams?
Jannik Sinner reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2023.
He has also reached the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam event on four occasions. He made the last eight at Roland-Garros in 2020 when he beat Alexander Zverev before losing to Rafael Nadal. Sinner also reached the quarters in the Australian Open at the start of 2022, losing out to Stefanos Tsitsipas and then in June 2022, he reached the last eight at Wimbledon where he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets after leading by two-sets-to-love.
At the US Open in 2022, he reached the quarter-finals again, this time holding match point against the eventual champion, Carlos Alcaraz, before going down in a stunning five-setter.
What other sports does Sinner excel at?
Sinner was a top-flight skier in Italy from ages 8-12. He lives in a region of Italy that is known for producing skiers. “In our parts, the first sport is, of course, skiing,” he said in a video shot for the ATP Tour. “I was second in Italy, but at the end I decided to play tennis because I enjoyed it more.” Sinner has also skied with legendary American skier Lindsey Vonn.
What other sports does he like?
Sinner is a big football fan. He roots for AC Milan. Ahead of his title run at the Next Gen ATP Finals, the Italian was able to attend one of the club’s matches at San Siro stadium. “My best friend is a Milan fan, so we watched a little bit of football and now I am a Milan fan,” he says.
What does he do for charity?
He made pizzas! Sinner and his agency, Starwing Sports, started a contest where they asked people to make a pizza that looked like Sinner or another Italian figure. For every photo uploaded they donated 10 Euros to charity to help provide medical supplies for the fight against Covid-19.
Who was his idol growing up?
Sinner says Roger Federer was his favourite player when he was young.
“I send a message to Roger: ‘Play another year, so maybe our match is only postponed for 12 months’,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Beating Federer at Wimbledon has always been one of my dreams.”