Tennis: Jannik Sinner & Como

19 years old in August, Jannik Sinner is undoubtedly the italian tennis player of the moment. Born in San Candido, in the province of Bolzano, on August 16, 2001, the young Jannik rose to prominence on November 14 by winning his first career ATP, that of Sofia, beating Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the final at the tie break. A success that earned him entry into the top 40 of the world rankings, reaching position number 37, first among the under 20s.

What few people know is Sinner’s strong bond with the Como area. Thanks to a wild card offered by the federation, he made his debut in the ATP Challenger Tour (a series of international tournaments designed to allow second-tier players to acquire a sufficient ranking to access the main or qualifying draws of real ATP tournaments) on the occasion of the 2018 City of Como Trophy, organized by ASD Tennis Como.

His first real experience among the “greats” however ends in the first round, being defeated in two sets by the much more experienced Slovak Andrej Martin, born in 1989, victorious 6-3 and 6-2. From then on, his career continued to grow, starting from the success in February of the following year in the Challenger 80 in Bergamo which took him to number 324 of the ATP ranking, up to the aforementioned success of Sofia a month ago.

To further bind the Bolzano talent to the city of Como is his coach. Jannik, for the past six years, has in fact been followed by 62-year-old Riccardo Piatti from Como, one of the best coaches in the world and at his side also in the debut in the Larian land we spoke about earlier. Piatti’s is another story to be told. Riccardo began his tennis adventure at the age of 9 nine in the Villa d’Este club in Cernobbio, playing the role of coach at the age of 20. In 1982 he became federal teacher, from 84 to 88 he took care of the FIT youth technical sector and he was captain of the Under 16 Borotra Cup team.

At the end of this experience he decided to work as a private coach following Renzo Furlan among others. In his long experience as a coach he then had the merit of forging talents of the caliber of Ivan Ljubicic, Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic and Fabio Fognini.

Now history repeats itself with Jannik Sinner, carrying on the winning combination between Como and great tennis.

Claudio Zubani

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