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Jannik Sinner is an Italian professional tennis player and also former successful junior alpine skier.
|Date of Birth:
|16 August 2001
|San Candido, Italy
|Monte Carlo, Monaco
|Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Jannik Sinner is one of the tennis players who could have possibly never appeared on the ATP Tour. Born on August 16th, 2001, in San Candido, Italy, in the northern part of the country, it wasn't so surprising when young Jannik took on skiing.
He started skiing and also playing tennis at the age of three, and he even stopped playing tennis for one year at the age of seven before his father, Hanspeter Sinner, persuaded him to continue with the sport.
At the age of eight, Sinner won the national championship in giant slalom, and four years later, he finished runner-up. However, despite his success in alpine skiing, he made a decision to give up the sport at the age of thirteen.
Eventually, this decision would prove to be essential in his career, as the following decision, when he started training at the Piatti Tennis Centre under Riccardo Piatti and Massimo Sartori.
Because of his late commitment to the sport, Sinner never excelled in the junior categories. He never played a junior Grand Slam tournament, and his career-high junior ranking was only world no. 133.
But as soon as he transitioned to the professional tour, things started looking much better for the Italian, who played his first-ever ATP main draw at the Hungarian Open in 2019. In the same year, Sinner stared playing more and more ATP events, eventually securing his spot at the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals, even though only as a wild card and the lowest-ranked player at the event.
Despite this, he was able to beat Frances Tiafoe and Mikael Ymer in the group stage, before eliminating Miomir Kecmanovic in the semifinals and Alex de Minaur in the final to win the title, and later become the 2019 ATP Newcomer of the Year.
In 2022, he was one of the most consistent players on the ATP Tour, reaching the quarterfinals at three majors and three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, and in 2023, he played in the Wimbledon semifinal and won the Canadian Open.
In 2024, Sinner started the year in the best possible way when he proved to be better than anyone else at the 2024 Australian Open, including a ten-time champion, Novak Djokovic, and in the final, he bested Daniil Medvedev to win his first career Grand Slam title.