Jannik Sinner gives telling insight into his champion mentality with Australian Open revelation

Ewan West
A delighted Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates winning

Jannik Sinner has provided an intriguing insight into his mindset by revealing the way he reacted after winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2024 Australian Open.

The world No 3 explained that he did not drink or “celebrate excessively” after his triumph and that his thoughts swiftly turned to how he could “improve further.”

Sinner has not lost since his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2023 ATP Finals in November and is currently on a 15-match winning streak after carrying his superb form in late 2023 into 2024.

The Italian overcame Daniil Medvedev in five sets, having trailed by two sets to love, in the final of the 2024 Australian Open last month to win his first major title. The 22-year-old had downed world No 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals in Melbourne to reach his first Grand Slam final.

In his first tournament since his victory, Sinner prevailed at the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam last week, where he saw off Alex de Minaur in the final.

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In an interview with Vanity Fair Italy, Sinner was questioned on the importance of surrounding himself with the right people and about his Australian Open celebrations.

“Right now I’m 100% careful about it. For example: on Sunday I played the final, the next day I flew to Italy, and the following morning I immediately went to the gym,” Sinner divulged.

“I didn’t celebrate excessively, I didn’t drink, because it’s not good for the body. We went to eat something and then I went back to the hotel.”

The Italian was then asked what he thought about when he went to bed after winning the Australian Open final and if he kissed the trophy goodnight.

“Nothing. The feeling was very nice, of course. But I didn’t think too much: at that moment I wouldn’t have been able to really realise what had happened anyway. I watched a few movies and fell asleep. No, I left it (the trophy) with my manager,” he said.

Sinner went on to address when he first fully realised his achievement and explained his focus instantly shifted to improving.

“During my flight [back to Italy], I had 20 hours. I immediately thought about how I could improve further. I asked myself why I ended up down two sets to zero, why I didn’t react sooner. I’m quite focused. Which doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the moment,” the 22-year-old added.

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