‘Tennis needs some new guys – they are coming slowly’, declares Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner believes there are “many great players” making up a next generation of ATP stars – adding: “tennis needs some new guys”.
The 19-year-old – who is the highest-ranked teenager in the ATP rankings at No. 24 – feels that these “new guys” are “coming slowly”.
The Italian is in action at the Citi Open ATP 500 tournament in Washington this week – where he is the fifth seed.
Sinner defeated 22-year-old Emil Ruusuvuori in his opening match yesterday, and faces 21-year-old Sebastian Korda in the third round today.
“I think it’s nice to see [fellow young players improving]. I mean, we are many, many great players, young players, making a little bit of next generation as well. I think it’s nice to see,” Sinner said in a press conference.
“Obviously I wish everyone best of luck for the tournament, yeah, end of season. I think tennis needs some new guys. I think they are coming slowly, slowly. So I think it’s very, very nice. Everyone, is yeah, very good tennis player. Everyone is a great person as well. It makes things interesting.
“First of all, I think he [Ruusuvuori] is a great player, young player. Just tried to stay focused on my game, what I had to do. He played I think semis in Atlanta, so I think [that] gives him some confidence as well.
“Knowing him a little bit obviously because I played [him] twice already, we practice together sometimes, so it’s not easy playing against him.”
(Photo credit Ray Giubilo)
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