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Riccardo Piatti: “Jannik Sinner loves his sport and wants to be better”

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Italian tennis coach Riccardo Piatti talked to the ATP Tour website explaining the reason for the success of Jannik Sinner, who won the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan beating Alex De Minaur last November. Sinner also won three ATP Challenger tournaments in Bergamo, Lexington and Ortisei and reached his first ATP Tour semifinal in Antwerp after beating Gael Monfils.

 

“Jannik’s mentality is like the sport, he loves the sport. I like my job and have done it for 40 years. He is the same. He loves his sport and he wants to be better, improve and he is doing everything for that. He is watching a lot of matches, practising a lot, and not because he is obligated to do so. Because he knows what he wants. It’s very easy to dedicate your life for one or two years, but I have been trying to tell Jannik he needs to dedicate his life to the sport for 15 years. He was working a lot and not dreaming. He went to some tournaments losing 6-1 6-0, but he came back a day later to the Academy and trained the next day with the same attitude. He wanted to become good and kept going. He started with Futures and Challengers. He surprised with himself. When he started to beat a higher ranked player, he understood his level and it was not a surprise anymore. When he won in Bergamo, the first thing I told him was: It was very good, but the level of the other player was not as good. Don’t be surprised you won the Challenger. You are better than the other,  but now we need to find better players. His personality is now strong and I can speak to him openly 30 minutes after a loss, rather than wait until the next day. I can speak with him for six hours about tennis and he loves it. He doesn’t get distracted and prefers to watch Nadal-Federer matches than go to the cinema”, said Riccardo Piatti.

Sinner opted for tennis over skiing moved from his native village San Candido to Bordighera and left home at the age of 13 to join Piatti’s tennis academy. His parents Johann (who work sas a chef in a chalet in Val Pusteria) and Singlinde taught their son to work hard from an early age.

“I never doubted myself about being a good tennis player, as I am a hard worker, but I was skinnier and smaller than I am now. In tennis you can win matches or a tournament, and you can lose three or four first rounds in a row, so the decision to play at higher levels than my age was a big decision. I certainly went down a tough route, but it helped build the expectation and pressure that I put on myself. You feel you need to win this match, or this exact point and you overdo it, but you have to understand the outcome and it’s a learning process every day”.

 

Sinner is currently training in Monte-Carlo during a very difficult period for Italy due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

“He came back from the United States last Friday and he has since trained once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The Monte-Carlo Country Club is closed,but if the numbers stabilise and confirmed cases drop, we will return to Italy and the Academy. There won’t be any on-court tennis for another week or ten days. We don’t know when the tournaments will begin, so as to step up our efforts in one area or another”, said Piatti.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I will miss Wimbledon and I can’t wait to 2021”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas said that the Wimbledon cancellation news was just an April fool after organizers of the famous British tournament called off their Grand Slam event due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and public health concerns.

 

Tsitsipas made his debut at Wimbledon in 2017 and reached the fourth round in 2018. He lost to Stefano Travaglia in the opening round at Wimbledon last year, but he bounced back winning the ATP Finals in London.

This year Tsitsipas won the Marseille title for the second consecutive year and lost the Dubai final against Novak Djokovic in Dubai. He lost to Milos Raonic in the third round at the Australian Open. At the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup in Australia he beat Alexander Zverev and lost to Denis Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios.

Tsitsipas was the first Greek player to break into the top 5 and the first player from his country to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in 2019. Last year he scored the biggest win of his career against Novak Djokovic in Shanghai and won three titles in Marseille and Estoril. He finished runner-up to Roger Federer in Dubai and to Dominic Thiem in Beijing.

“I went to bed thinking this was all a bad April fools joke but I woke up today to find that Wimbledon is actually cancelled. I will miss this special event and I can’t wait to 2021. Stay home. Stay sane”, wrote Tsitsipas in a Twitter post.

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Roger Federer: “We experience difficult times, we arise from it strengthened”

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Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has confirmed that he is planning to play in Halle in 2021 after the historic German grass tournament was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ATP has extended the suspension of the tour until 13th July. Federer was expected to play in Halle, a tournament where he won ten times and reached 13 finals. He made his debut in Halle in 2000 during his career.

 

“We experience difficult times, however, we will arise from it strengthened. Already today I am glad and excited about my return to Halle next year. Stay healthy”, said Federer in a statement released on the Halle tournament website.

 Federer also won eight Wimbledon titles, which was also called off for the first time since 1945 due to public health concerns due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

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Angelique Kerber: “I am heavy-hearted about the cancellation of the grass season”

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Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber has posted her thought on the Wimbledon cancellation.

 

“The thought of playing at Wimbledon has always been the biggest source of my motivation. It goes without saying that I I am heavy hearted that the cancellation of the grass court season also means that I won’t be able to play in front of my home crowd in sport unites, in good and bad times. Once this has passed, it may even help us appreciate our everydayday routines and the beauty of our sport even more than before. Thanks to everyone who is working 24/7 to get us through this uncertain time”.

The German player of Polish origin won three Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and at the US Open in 2016 and at Wimbledon in 2018. She won the Olympic singles silver medal in Rio de Janeiro 2016 losing in the final to Monica Puig.

Kerber lost to Samantha Stosur in the first round in Brisbane. Kerber beat Wang Qiang in straight sets in the first round before retiring from her second round match against Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska due to a left harmstring injury, after the German player was down a set and a break.

At the Australian Open Kerber beat Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Priscilla Hon, Camila Giorgi before losing to Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. She is currently ranked world number 21 in the WTA Ranking.

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