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For Jannik Sinner, the grass season begins after the Olympic medical check. © APA/afp / PIERRE TEYSSOT

Sinner across Europe: From Olympic check to lawn hit

Jannik Sinner is currently in the middle of preparations for the Olympic Games and the upcoming grass season. This has taken him across Europe.

Jannik Sinner, currently Italy’s undisputed sports star, has his impressive performance in the semi-finals of the French Open an eventful time behind him. Despite the recent defeat in Paris, his schedule remains full: After a short visit to his hometown of Sexten, the South Tyrolean continued his travels on Wednesday and headed for Rome, where he underwent a mandatory medical examination in preparation for his participation in the Olympic Games in Paris.

Accompanied by his fitness coach Umberto Ferrara, the world number one reached the CONI Olympic preparation center, where the tests were carried out. The examination was a mere formality, and shortly afterwards Sinner replied in a CONI interview: "I am very happy to be part of the Italian team and that the tests went well. I am really looking forward to being able to play in the Olympic Games. For me, this is the first time I have taken part and the first opportunity to represent Italy, which is a great honor."

Jannik Sinner will return to the sand of Paris in a few weeks. © APA/afp / EMMANUEL DUNAND

The Olympic tennis tournament, which takes place on the clay courts of Roland Garros from July 28 to August 4, is considered a personal highlight for the South Tyrolean this season. For the local fans, the Sextner is certainly one of the big medal hopes, who are further fueled by Sinner's enthusiasm about taking part in the Olympics.

From Rome to Halle

However, before the Olympic dream comes true, the grass season is the priority, which for the 22-year-old starts next week in Halle. He continued his journey to Germany on Thursday. Sinner will step onto the grass next week at the ATP 500 tournament, one of his strongest tournaments. Last year he had to give up in the second set in the quarterfinals against Alexander Bublik, but the youngster is the absolute favorite in this year's edition. For Jannik Sinner, it will be the first tournament as the number 1 in the tennis world. After that, he still has Wimbledon to play before it's time for the Olympics.

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