June 14, 2024
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Italian sensation Jannik Sinner is the new Australian Open champion.

A 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 victory ensured the twenty-two year-old won his first career Grand Slam in his first major final.

Here is all you need to know about the Monte Carlo based tennis player.

Skiing stints

Jannik Sinner grew up in northern Italy in the German-speaking region of South Tyrol.

In his formative years, Sinner tried out skiing and football.By age eight, he was a national champion in skiing.

However, Sinner soon realised that tennis came to him more naturally. It was therefore not surprising when, at age 13 he made a permanent switch to tennis.

Young Sinner in a pose with Novak Djokovic

Early successes

Sinner met veteran trainer Ricardo Piatti on the Italian Rivera who taught him the rudiments of the sport at Borgherra.

Hi apprenticeship under Piatti served him well.

By 17, Sinner was one of the few players to win multiple ATP Challenge Tour titles.

In 2019, Sinner received the ATP Newcomer of the Year award after breaking into the top 100 and winning the Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan, Italy.

Career titles

In January 2024, Sinner became a major champion, when he beat Russian third seed Daniil Medvedez to win the 2024 Australian Open.

Sinner inflicted Djokovic’s first Aussie’s Open defeat since 2018, on his way to winning the title on Sunday

The twenty-two year-old has won a ten ATP Tour singles titles, including a Masters 1000 title at the 2023 Canadian Open.

In September 2021, Sinner achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 124 in doubles, achieved on 27 September 2021, and has won one ATP Tour title in doubles.

Playing style

Sinner is a predominantly aggressive baseliner.

His powerful shots have earned him a reputation as one of the hardest hitters innthe sport.

At the ATP tour, the topspin on his two-handed-backhand, is the most of any player, having averaged 1858 revolutions per minute on the shot along with the fifth-best average speed of 111.2 kilometres per hour (69.1 mph).

His forehand is also a strength, owing to the fact he has a short compact takeback, which means he does not have to rush the shot.

This also allows him to quickly readjust and open up his body.

This way, he automatically generates a tremendous amount of racket head speed, allowing him to hit the shot at over 100 mph on occasion. 

Endorsement deals

Sinner lives in Monte Carlo in Monaco.The twenty-two year old speaks Italian, German and English.

At Wimbledon last year raised eyebrows by walking onto court carrying a personalised Gucci duffel bag.

Sinner with his Gucci duffel bag at SW19

Beyond his Gucci gig, Sinner has lucrative deals with Nike, Head, Rolex, Gucci, Lavazza, Alfa Romeo, Technogym and Parmigiano Reggiano.

Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner, seen posing with a Ferrari on a visit to their headquarters.

Earnings

Although quite young, Sinner already has an estimated new worth of $12million [£9.46m].

His success at the Australian Open will earn him a further $2.1m [£1.65m] in prize money.

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