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ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi presented the trophy to Sinner.

The new number 1 will be welcomed in South Tyrol

Jannik Sinner made sports history in the first half of 2024. He became Grand Slam winner and the new world number 1. There has not yet been time to properly celebrate these achievements. That changes on Tuesday when the Sesto native is welcomed back to his homeland.

Jannik Sinner is not a person who likes to be the center of attention. He avoids the hustle and bustle and strives for his privacy. Because of this, no big festival has yet been organized in honor of the South Tyrolean, as is usual for other local greats. But on Tuesday at 14 p.m. the time has come. When Sesto ceremoniously welcomes its most famous son, all of Italy looks to South Tyrol.

At 14 p.m. he will sign the community's book of honor in front of the town hall in the presence of Mayor Thomas Summerer and State Governor Arno Kompatscher. The TV channel of the Italian Tennis Federation, super tennis, broadcasts the ceremony live. Also SportNews is on site in Sexten and provides insights. Sinner then meets with children from tennis clubs in Hochpustertal.

Long-term goal: Wimbledon

The 22-year-old won't be staying in his home country for long, as the first grass tournament is scheduled to take place in Halle on Monday. The transition from clay to grass is one of the most difficult things tennis has to offer and requires a lot of training. Sinner received the trophy for number 1 on Monday at the Monte-Carlo Country Club from ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi. Sinner won the Australian Open in January and climbed to number 1 in the world rankings by reaching the semi-finals at the French Open.

Soon to be found on the lawn: Jannik Sinner © APA/afp / GLYN KIRK

The man from Sexten now leads this with 945 points ahead of Carlos Alcaraz. The newly crowned Roland Garros winner will lose 2500 points in the coming weeks for his tournament victories in Wimbledon and Queens. Novak Djokovic, who slipped to third place, will probably not be able to defend his final appearance at Wimbledon last year due to a knee injury. Because of this, there are many indications that Sinner will defend the throne at the top until mid-August. Then 1000 points for winning the tournament at the Masters in Toronto are no longer counted.

In the annual ranking, the South Tyrolean still has a cushion of 915 points over his closest rival Alexander Zverev. Whoever tops this ranking at the end of the season will hibernate as number 1. It's just one of the many goals that Sinner still wants to achieve this year.

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