Jannik Sinner highlights two tournaments as he discusses his goals for the rest of 2024
Jannik Sinner named both Wimbledon and the Olympic Games as he addressed his major goals for the remainder of the 2024 season following his Australian Open triumph.
The world No 4 proclaimed that he would “love to improve” on what he did at Wimbledon last year and also identified the prospect of his debut at the Olympics as “a key moment.”
Sinner started the year in dream fashion as he secured his maiden Grand Slam title by winning the 2024 Australian Open in Melbourne last month.
The 22-year-old downed world No 1 and 10-time champion Novak Djokovic in four sets in the semi-finals, before coming from two sets down to beat third-ranked Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Prior to his Australian Open triumph, Sinner’s previous best Grand Slam result was reaching the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships last year.
The Italian is set to to make his first appearance at the Olympics at the 2024 Paris Games, at which the tennis event will be held on the clay courts of Roland Garros. Sinner skipped the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 – the only Games held since he turned professional.
Speaking during a press conference in Rome, Sinner was asked about the goals he had for the rest of the year after his stunning start in Australia.
“We haven’t talked about this yet because my big goal this year was to improve my performance in Grand Slams,” the 22-year-old said.
“Things haven’t gone badly in the first one, but there are three more left. I would love to improve what I did at Wimbledon last year but I am going to go to every tournament I compete in with the intention of winning.
“I must recognise that the Olympic Games will be a key moment for me and can be decisive in marking my personal development. I want to meet the best athletes in the world and learn things from them. Since it is not played every year, it will be one of the most important events on my calendar.”
The world No 4 also discussed the importance of his coaches Darren Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi and the dynamic between the pair.
“They have an open mind and know how to work together. Neither of them wants to impose their criteria and that is key,” Sinner explained.
“What I work on most with Simone is the tactical and technical part, he knows me well and knows which shots I should work on the most, in addition to helping me a lot in the selection of shots.
“Darren has an incredible career as a coach, he knows how to bring the No 1 [ranking] to people and is a master when it comes to managing pressure. With him I focus more on mental aspects of the game.”
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