Maria Sharapova, a former World No. 1 and a very renowned name in the tennis world gave an interview to an Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. She talked about two of the star players at the ATP Tour currently- Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner.
The former Russian player reflected upon the brilliant and enormous talent tennis is experiencing at the moment. She went on to express curiosity to see where Alcaraz, current world no.1, will head in his career.
Sharapova and Sinner, who share her former coach Riccardo Piatti, met each other in Paris. She also went on and called them her Italian family. She believes Jannik Sinner “has the game to win a Grand Slam.” which brings uplifting news for Sinner fans after their meeting in Paris.
Maria Sharapova on Jannik Sinner 👇
“I know Jannik quite well, I shared some moments of work with him at Piatti’s Center. He is a serious, humble, and dedicated guy. I like his style, he almost seems to play effortlessly. He has the game, I hope he is ready to win a Major”. pic.twitter.com/R7uYVeuoHu
— Relevant Tennis (@RelevantTennis) June 8, 2023
Sharapova who knows the Italian player very well believes, “He is a serious and humble boy.” She continued by appreciating his “Fluid and Powerful Style”. Sinner who is an absolute phenomenon on the court was appreciated by the Russian player for his effortless style on the court.
While also recognizing the great effort that goes behind every move at the same time. Going on, Sharapova further said, “I think he has reached a good level of tennis but now I hope he is ready to win too. Fans have been waiting for his triumph for a long time”.
Jannik Sinner’s ranking and career achievements
The 21-year-old Italian player who has recently joined the ATP’s top 10 club, is one of the most promising contenders among the “Next-Gen” players, and rightly so. With the current ranking of no. 9, Sinner has several titles under his name. He is a Right-Handed, Two-Handed Backhand player who turned pro in 2018.
With seven ATP titles in singles and one in doubles, Sinner became the youngest ATP title-holder since Kei Nishikori in 2008 by winning the Sofia Open in 2020. He defeated the Canadian player Vasek Pospisil in the final, 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–3). He also became the youngest Italian tour-level champion in the Open Era and finished the year ranking world no. 37.
FORZAAAAA, JANNIK! 🇮🇹🦊
Jannik Sinner conquers the Open Sud de France title in Montpellier, as the Italian defeats Maxime Cressy in 2 sets. 🏆
First title of the year and first on indoor hard since 2021.
The 21-year-old ties his compatriot Berrettini with 7 ATP titles. pic.twitter.com/FgpVq7Idl0
— Relevant Tennis (@RelevantTennis) February 12, 2023
2021 was an eventful year for Jannik as he won 4 ATP titles that year. Starting the year by winning the Melbourne 1 Title where he defeated Stefano Travaglia, moving on to winning the Washington Title where he became the first-ever teenager to win an ATP 500 title there.
He then went on the win at the Sofia Open again by defeating the French player Gael Monfils. Ending the year with one more title at Antwerp.
In 2022, Sinner won the Umag title in a terrific battle against the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, making it one of his biggest career wins yet. He won the Open Sud de France in Montpellier this year by defeating Maxime Cressy in a very intense match.
Sinner has reached the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slam events. He reached his career high in April 2018, when he was ranked world no. 8. After breaking into the top 100, he also won the ATP Newcomer of the Year award in 2019.