Last Updated on August 27, 2022
Probably the best skier among tennis players and one of the guys who are the future of this game is 21 years old Jannik Sinner.
Jannik Sinner was born on 16th August 2001 in San Candido, Italy. His father is Johan Sinner, who works as a chef in a restaurant (ski lodge) at Val Pusteria, Italy and his mother Siglinde Sinner, works as a waitress at the same lodge. Growing at Italian Alps, Jannik began skiing at age of three. He was one of Italy’s top junior skiers from eight to twelve years old, winning a national championship in giant slalom at age eight and earning a national runner-up at the age of twelve. Besides skiing, he was training football, and at eight years old he started training tennis at South Tyrol Academy, with local coach Heribert Mayer. He had tennis practice only two days a week, until age of thirteen when he decided to focus on tennis and leave other sports behind. That’s why, supported by his parents, Jannik left his family and moved to Bordighera, to train at Piatti Tennis Center which is specialized in the preparation of young talents who tend to approach a professional tennis career. His tennis idols are Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and his compatriot Andreas Seppi. Jannik is also a big football fan, and his favorite football club is A.C. Milan.
Who Is Jannik Sinner’s Current Coach?
Driven by the need for changes in his career, since February 2022, Jannik started working with new coach, Simone Vagnozzi.
Simone Vagnozzi (39) was born on 30th May 1983 in Ascoli, Italy. He started playing tennis at age of six and as a tennis player he had better results playing doubles, achieving World No.74 ranking in doubles. Made his debut on ATP Tour in 2004 and through his career he won one ATP Challenger and seven ITF Futures in singles and sixteen ATP Challenger and eleven ITF Futures in doubles. His idol was Ivan Lendl. Simone retired at age of 31 and started his coaching career.
From 2016 untill 2019 he was coaching Marco Checcinato, who, in those years, won three ATP titles at Budapest and Croatia Open in 2018 and at Argentina Open in 2019, won three ATP Challenger, one ITF Futures and two ATP Challenger in doubles. Managed to play Roland Garros semifinals and reached World No.16.
Also for period of three years, Vagnozzi was coach of another Italian, Stefano Travaglia. He led him to four ATP Challenger titles, his first ATP final at 2021 Great Ocean Road Open and his best ranking of World No.60
As for Sinner, during few months of practicing together, Jannik reached quarterfinals at Miami Open, Monte Carlo Masters and at Wimbledon Championship. He won his first clay court title at Croatia Open in Umag. Shortly before that title, alongside Vagnozzi, part of Jannik’s team became Australian, Darren Cahill.
Darren Cahill was born on 2nd October 1965 in Adelaide, Australia. He turned pro in 1984 and won two ATP titles in singles and thirteen ATP titles in doubles. He reached his career peak doubles ranking of World No.10 and his peak singles ranking of No.22. After chronic knee injuries and ten operations, he retired from the professional tour in 1995.
As a tennis coach he has been very successful. Guided Lleyton Hewitt to become the youngest player ever ranked World No.1. After Hewitt, Cahill coached Andre Agassi, who under Cahill became the oldest player ever to be ranked World No.1 in May 2003. Cahill joined the Adidas Player Development Program after Agassi retired in 2006 and has worked with high-profile players,including Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Fernando Verdasco, Daniela Hantuchová, Sorana Cîrstea, and Simona Halep. In 2017 and 2018, he coached Halep to No.1 on the WTA Tour and the 2018 French Open championship.
“Jannik is among those who can win Grand Slams. And I mean now, not in a year’s time. Already at the US Open. He moves well on hard and his play is powerful enough for that kind of surface.” Cahill told La Stampa about his new trainee Jannik Sinner.
“Darren is an honest and humble person who wants to help me and my team. Humanly, there is no better person. We work hard every day, we have fun and there is harmony within the whole group. This is the most important thing,” Sinner said of Cahill at Wimbledon.
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Jannik Sinner’s Past Coaches
Almost for eight years, until February 2022, Jannik Sinner was under guidance of tennis coach Riccardo Piatti.
Riccardo Piatti was born on 8th November 1958 in Como, Italy. He began playing tennis at age of nine at local club in Cernobbio, Lombardy, but he didn’t have any success. One day the head coach of the club where he trained got injured, Piatti was asked to replace him and that’s how his coaching career started at age of twenty. At the beginning he trained mostly Italian players such as Omar Camporese, Renzo Furlan and Cristiano Caratti. For short period he was part of Novak Djokovic’s and Maria Sharapova’s team.
Since 1997, for fifteen years he was coaching Ivan Ljubicic, who achived World No.3 ATP ranking. The first year Ivan won two Futures and one Challenger at Besancon, France. He reached his first ATP title in 2001 at Lyon Open. During the next years he won four more ATP titles and two Challengers, and in 2012 decided to retire.
In 2011 while still coaching Ljubicic, Piatti began to co-coach (with Sebastien Grosjean) Richard Gasquet. Their relationship lasted until November 2013, a period in which Richard won Doha Open, Sud de France Open, had significant results at other ATP tournaments as well as at the Grand Slams, managed to improve his ranking and enter World top 10 players for second time in his career.
From December 2013, Piatti started coaching Milos Raonic, together with his long time student Ivan Ljubicic. Already at the first year of their collaboration, Raonic reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon, and became first Canadian to manage that since 1908. He won 2014 Washington Open and at the end of that year he qualified for the ATP Finals. Under Piatti’s mentorship, Milos won 2015 St. Petersburg Open and 2016 Brisbane International, reached Wimbledon final in 2016 and finished that years as World No.3. They parted ways in November 2017.
Then Piatti took over Borna Coric, with who also had good results. At the first year, Coric won his first ATP title at Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakesh and the next years, his second one at Halle Open. He reached his best ranking World no.12, during their period together.
As for his relationship with Jannik Sinner, he wasn’t too focused on the junior circuit and had limited success as a junior.
“I saw that he was playing well, but what took my attention was outside the court. He was a 14-year-old kid, but he controlled the mind of a young man of 17, 18, 19,” Piatti said. “Immediately you see these kinds of kids. Jannik was like that. He has the personality to stay with everybody, so he was quite mature. I was focused on that and after that I tried to help build his game.”
He played at ITF Futures events and received wild cards for the ATP Challengers. In 2019 at age of seventeen, Jannik won his first ATP Challenger at Trofeo Faip-Perrel in Bergamo and became the youngest Italian to win ATP Challenger title in history. Later that year he won his second Challenger in Lexington, USA. He had a strong finish to the season, qualifying for and wining the Next Gen ATP Finals, and winning his third Challenger, the Internazionali Tennis Val Gardena Südtirol in Ortisei. The next 2020, Jannik won his first ATP title at Sofia Open and became youngest Italian to win an ATP title.
Led by Piatti, Sinner continued his excellent results during 2021. He won his second career ATP title at the Great Ocean Road Open, then partnering Reilly Opelka he won his first doubles title at the Atlanta Open, his first ATP 500 title won at Citi Open in Washington, defended his Sofia Open title from previous year and won European Open title. With these results he became youngest player to win five ATP titles since 19-years-old Novak Djokovic. He finished the year at World No.10.
In the team together with Piatti were second coach Andrea Volpini, physiotherapist Claudio Zimaglia and fitness coach Dalibor Sirola. Jannik ended the relationship with the whole team in February 2022.
“I did what I thought was good for me, even if the decision was not easy to take. With Riccardo, we did an incredible job. I left home at 13 to go there; I made it to the top-10. He taught me many things that will forever remain a part of my tennis.” Sinner told La Repubblica.
“I’m glad he made that decision. I have my philosophy, my methods. If anyone wants to stay here, they must submit to my methods. At 20, you may want to find new paths, its part of life. Sure, he was part of the family, but you don’t have to stay for your family. Sometimes kids decide to go study abroad and then they leave. But if they stay, they must follow my methods.” said Piatti about the ended collaboration.
Jannik Sinner’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Jannik Sinner under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Cooperation||Titles|
|Riccardo Piatti||2014 – 2022||2019 Trofeo Faip-Perrel, Bergamo 2019 Lexington Challenger 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals 2019 Ortisei Challenger 2020 Sofia Open 2021 Great Ocean Road Open 2021 Atlanta Open (doubles) 2021 Citi Open, Washington 2021 Sofia Open 2021 European Open|
|Simone Vagnozzi,Darren Cahill||2022 – ongoing||2022 Croatia Open|