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Superstar Jannik Sinner. © APA/afp / BERTRAND GUAY

Sinner gives a deep insight: “It wasn’t easy for my parents”

In a detailed interview with the renowned newspaper ZEIT, Jannik Sinner provides unusually deep insights. Among other things, he talks about his parents and the controversial topic of residence in Monte Carlo.

Jannik Sinner is one of the most sought-after athletes in the world. Not only fans and sponsors, but also journalists are lining up for the Sextner. However, interviews are not one of the world number one's favorite activities, as he would prefer to concentrate only on tennis. But when Sinner is available for an interview with a major newspaper, something interesting always comes out of it. Like in his interview with ZEIT.

The text by editor Giovanni Di Lorenzo begins as follows: "The agreement for a conversation with Jannik Sinner, the new number one in the tennis world rankings, came quickly, but the time frame was overwhelmingly tight: 20 minutes. How is that supposed to work? Even the conversation with the Pope was scheduled to take much longer. But the management stood firm."

Sinner won the tournament in Halle on Sunday. © APA/afp / CARMEN JASPERSEN

In the end, the conversation lasted 35 minutes - and Sinner gave some interesting insights. When asked whether he - the world number one - felt pressure, the 22-year-old replied: "Everyone has pressure, and it doesn't matter whether you're number one, two or three or you're just starting out. I felt the most pressure at the beginning of my career. I come from a normal family, we never had much money, and I wanted to earn my own money as quickly as possible. After that, I was much more relaxed."

Farewell to Sexten

In the interview, Sinner also talks about a key moment in his life, namely when he left his hometown of Sesto at the age of 13 and moved to Riccardo Piatti's training camp. "I wanted to get through it. When you want something, it becomes a little easier. I was someone who always suffered from homesickness - and my parents knew that. And then they drove me down to Bordighera," said Sinner.
“When I was sad, I spent a lot of time with the dog.” Jannik Sinner

The Sextner adds: "I can still remember: the look on my mum's face when we said goodbye was a little bit, not scared, but doubtful. My parents then started again and after an hour I called them and said: I'm fine here, everything is OK. It wasn't easy for my parents either." Sinner lived in Bordighera with the family of a Croatian trainer. "When I was sad, I spent a lot of time with the family dog. I love dogs, cats too, we have a cat at home, I'm such an animal lover. The family helped me a lot back then, they are super people."

Controversial topic: Monte Carlo

In the interview, Sinner is also asked how he deals with the criticism that he lives in Monte Carlo. "You have to imagine it like this: Monte Carlo is very close to Bordighera. The border is only half an hour away by car. I moved over there when I was 18 because I had already started training there sometimes. Medvedev, Dimitrov and Djokovic also train there. The tennis club there is perfect, three gyms, lots of courts. I can go out and shop. If I need something, I can walk down the street normally and nobody will chat me up."

The reporter asked whether he had done it for tax reasons. "Not at all. I know that the tax rate is very low. But even if it were the same as in Italy, I would still go to Monte Carlo," says Sinner.

Schlagwörter: Tennis Jannik Sinner ATP

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