Jannik Sinner Bio

  • • Speaks Italian, German and English. Hails from German-speaking region of Italy.
  • • Father, Johann; mother, Siglinde; brother, Marc. Parents work together at Talschlusshutte restaurant in Sesto-Val-Fiscalina (dad is chef, mom is a server).
  • • Started playing tennis at age 7 because his dad really liked the sport.
  • • Was a champion skier in Italy from age of 8 to 12 and still enjoys skiing during offseason.
  • • Also preferred football over tennis before pursuing pro tennis at age 13, leaving home to train with Riccardo Piatti and Massimo Sartori in Bordighera, Italy.
  • • "In skiing, you have to go down a hill for maybe 90 seconds, and if you make one mistake then it’s over," he said. "In tennis, you can play two hours, make many mistakes and still win the match."
  • • Credits Piatti, Sartori and his 1st coach Heribert Mayr for helping him grow as a player.
  • • Also grateful to his parents for teaching him importance of independence and allowing him to leave home as a child to pursue his dream.
  • • Favourite shot is backhand, surface is hard, tournament is US Open and city on tour is Rome.
  • • Idol growing up was Roger Federer.
  • • Named 2019 ATP Newcomer of the Year.
  • • Favourite TV show is Prison Break and musician is Eminem.
  • • Enjoys playing football and supports AC Milan.
  • • Says that his best quality is staying calm.
  • • Favourite foods are pizza and sushi, but guilty pleasures are chocolate and candy.
  • • Launched ‘What’s Kept You Moving’ on Instagram, a series in which he discusses mental health alongside Italian sprinter Filippo Tortu and paralympic fencer Bebe Vio.
  • • During COVID-19 pandemic, went viral with #SinnerPizzaChallenge, donating €10 to fund medical supplies for every photo that he received of a pizza resembling himself or any past or present Italian figure.
  • • Also donated €12,500 to Cesvi, a humanitarian organisation, to aid with COVID-19 medical emergencies in Bergamo, Italy.

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