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Jannik Sinner poses in the Colosseum. © FITP / GIAMPIERO SPOSITO

The South Tyrolean gladiator in the Colosseum

Jannik Sinner's marathon of appointments comes to an end on Thursday with the reception given by President Sergio Mattarella. 24 hours earlier, the Australian Open champion was given a special honor: after the press conference at the headquarters of the Italian tennis association FITP, a photo shoot in the Colosseum was on the agenda.

They couldn't have chosen a better place for the photo shoot for his first Grand Slam title: Jannik Sinner, who fought like a gladiator to win against Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne, presented the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in the Colosseum. The sight was so special for the Sesto native that he also reached for his cell phone and took one or two snapshots. The fact that the celebrations are taking place in Rome also has something to do with it sad background, as Sinner revealed on the PK.


At this, Sinner also made it clear whether he would appear at the music festival in Sanremo. “I will be cheering on from home,” emphasized the world number 4: “After these two days here in Rome, I will start training again. I'm already looking forward." The next tournament is on February 12th in Rotterdam.

Thanks to Alex Vittur

The press conference, which lasted around 50 minutes, provided numerous interesting statements from the Sesto native. Among other things, he thanked his manager, Alex Vittur, who plays a fatherly role in his team. “I met him when I was about 13 years old. He is very important to me. If I have a problem, I go to him. He is the person who understands me best.” The 39-year-old also brought me into contact with current coach Simone Vagnozzi because they are good friends. “I have to thank Alex for many things. “Little is said about him because he wants it that way, so I don’t say much,” Sinner said with a smile.

Jannik Sinner answered the journalists’ questions. © FITP / GIAMPIERO SPOSITO


It was also Vittur who showed him the congratulations from his first coach Heribert Mayr: “Heribert is a great person. When I saw his message, I became emotional. I have to thank him because, alongside Andreas Schönegger, he was my only coach in South Tyrol,” emphasized the 22-year-old.

He did not lose the hunger for success that characterizes Sinner by winning his first Grand Slam, on the contrary. “This is not the end of the season. Now we go all out in every tournament. I have more confidence. There will be good weeks, but also not so good ones,” emphasizes Sinner. Because of this, he wrote to his team on Wednesday: “We have to get back to work.” It is this winning mentality that sets Sinner apart.

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