Skiing, Pizza Pies, Beautiful Backhand: 10 questions about Jannik Sinner

Italian star Jannik Sinner was a champion skier as a youth. Find out 10 things you need to know about the rising ATP star here.

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Where was Jannik Sinner born?

Jannik Sinner was born in San Candido, Italy. He currently resides in Monte-Carlo. San Candido is a town in northern Italy, in South Tyrol, near the Austrian border.

What is Sinners’s best shot?

Even though he is still very young (born on 8.16.2001), Sinner is already known for having one of the most powerful backhands in tennis. In an article for ATPWorldTour, Craig O’Shannessy points out that Sinner hits his backhand with more topspin than anyone else on the tour. It also ranks high in terms of pace.

Who is Sinner’s coach?

Sinner is coached by Riccardo Piatti and Andrea Volpini. He left for Piatti’s academy to train when he was 13 and has been with him ever since (as of August 29, 2020).

What is his nickname?

Sinner is known as “The Fox” or “Jan the Fox.”

How many titles has Sinner won?

Sinner has won two titles on the ATP Tour. He won his first 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. He also stunned the field at the 2019 NextGen ATP finals in Milan. “I’m surprised because it’s been an unbelievable week,” said Sinner 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.”

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What other sport 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.”

What other sport does he like?

Sinner is a big football fan. He roots for AC Milan. Ahead of his title run at last year’s 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.

How active is Sinner on social media?

Sinner is very active on Instagram, where he has 125,000 followers as of August 29, 2020. He also has Twitter and Facebook.

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 twelve months’,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Beating Federer at Wimbledon has always been one of my dreams.”

Sinner has yet to play a match at Wimbledon yet, as of August 29, 2020.

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