Sinner's Ball Striking Compared To 'Explosion' By His Opponent At Miami Open

Sinner's Ball Striking Compared To 'Explosion' By His Opponent At Miami Open

by Zachary Wimer

Jannik Sinner hits the ball hard, and according to his compatriot Andrea Vavassori, it sounds like an explosion when the ball comes off his racquet.

Different racquets and different amounts of power make the sound of the ball hitting the racquet different. Some of them can sound quite heavy, which is the case with Sinner. It's just the amount of power he puts in most of his shots, which has always been the case.

It's why he's one of the best players in the world: He can put so much power into his shots and still control the ball well enough so it doesn't sail wide. He's been particularly confident in recent months, earning his first defeat just a few days ago in Indian Wells.

He hopes to get back on track in at the Miami Open, where he made the final last year, and his first opponent will be compatriot Andrea Vavassori. They never played before, but the 28-year-old is looking forward to the match.

"I didn’t know him before because our age is a little bit different, but I think he’s a great guy. He’s doing an amazing job with his team. He surrounded himself with great people and I think also his calmness is unbelievable. He’s a normal guy also, as he’s said in interviews. He’s a normal guy that is doing an amazing job and following his dreams. It’s inspiring for us also in Italy."

While they didn't play together, Vavassori and Sinner hit together, and the Italian can distinctly remember the sound coming from the opposite side of the net. He jokingly referred to it as an explosion, highlighting the power behind Sinner's shots.

"For sure you could see when you heard the sound of the ball, the explosion, I think you could understand that he was different from others. It’s great to see all the improvements he did in these years and also his mentality. The sound when he plays forehands and backhands is different from the other players."


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