Jannik Sinner ‘has everything to become No 1 in the world’

Shahida Jacobs
Jannik Sinner in action

Jannik Sinner has all the right tools to become No 1 in the ATP Rankings, but there are still several areas that the rising star needs to improve, according to his coach Darren Cahill.

The Italian was touted for big things on the back of a brilliant breakthrough campaign in 2020 with Novak Djokovic saying back in 2021 that “he has the potential to be a top player of the world”.

Sinner rose to a career-high No 9 in the rankings in 2021 and he has been a hovering between the top 10 and top 20 for the past year.

Last year he reached the quarter-final of three Grand Slams and won the Croatia Open, defeating world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz in the final while this year he has already won the Open Sud de France and finished runner-up at the Rotterdam Open.

But it is all about kicking on with Cahill, who has coached the likes of Lleyton Hewitt and Simona Halep, saying he can reach the very top in the rankings.

“Jannik has everything to become No 1 in the world. Before my arrival he was already a great player, among the top 10 in the rankings: he has incredible weapons and was well trained,” he told La Repubblica.

He added: “Now we need to watch his matches against the best tennis players around and understand what’s keeping him from beating them. Then work on it. It definitely takes time, a couple of years and many match situations.”

Cahill joined Sinner’s coaching set-up in 2022 and he admits that there areas that the 21-year-old needs to work on if he is to realise his full potential, but adds that it is important for the youngster to stick to his core assets.

“He can improve his serve, his transition game, he can be dominant from the baseline. But the most important thing, when you train great players, is to keep improving their strengths,” he said.

“Jannik moves incredibly well, so we spend a lot of time on that aspect. It’s great to see how he’s so willing to try new things and try to improve, as long as you don’t stray too far from the type of player he is.

“It also takes a bit of luck. Being in the right place at the right time. The results come because the champions are not only in the mind, but also in the heart.”

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