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Skiing, pizza pies, beautiful backhand: 10 questions about Jannik Sinner (updated after coaching change)

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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Why is Jannik Sinner in the news?

After seven years under the tutelage of Riccardo Piatti, whom he left home to train with at the age of 13, Sinner announced on February 16, 2022 that he is making a change to his coaching arrangements. Sinner parted ways with Piatti and all his entire coaching team.

He has since announced that he will be working with another compatriot, former world No 161 Simone Vagnozzi. Former world No 2 Magnus Norman, who has coached Stan Wawrinka and Robin Soderling in the past, had been linked with the job.

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 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, analyst Craig O’Shannessy points out that Sinner 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 five 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 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 has reached the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam event on two 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.

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.”

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.”

Sinner lost in the first round at Wimbledon in 2021, losing to Marton Fucsovics.

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How active is Sinner on social media?

Sinner is very active on Instagram, where he has 539,000 followers, as of February 17, 2022. He also has Twitter and Facebook.

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