'More Important I Can Play Without Pain': Sinner Dismisses Importance Of First Win As No. 1

'More Important I Can Play Without Pain': Sinner Dismisses Importance Of First Win As No. 1

by Zachary Wimer

Jannik Sinner returned to the tennis courts at the 2024 Halle Open and won his first match, downplaying his first win as the reigning world number one.

The Italian became world number one after Roland Garros due to a combination of Novak Djokovic failing to make the final and him making the semi-final. He lost early the previous year, which is why he gained a lot of points and replaced the Serbian as world number one.

That was last week, and this week is his second official week as the top-ranked player on the ATP Tour. However, he does not pay too much attention to it, confirming after his most recent win that he's not really considering winning his first match as world number one.

For him, the most important thing was playing without pain and just winning the match because he wanted to win; that was his goal.

"I just love to play tennis. That’s it. It’s a great number for sure. But In my mind I know I can still improve. I was looking forward to coming back to such a special place. This tournament believed in me."

Sinner after making a winning start at the Halle Open

"They gave me a wildcard 5 years ago. This is a special occasion for me. I’m just happy to step on court feeling healthy. I had problems with the hip. So, for me, it’s more important that I can play without pain. It went well today."

Sinner's match wasn't perfect because he dropped the opening set despite arguably being the better player. He found his level in the next two sets to ultimately win the match, but it was a bit of a rusty return to the grass.

Still, he is expected to have a great grass season, as he's arguably the better player on the surface than his young rival Carlos Alcaraz, but the Spaniard won Wimbledon last year.


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