Jannik Sinner will fly straight to Australia as he pulls out of the season-opening Antalya Open

19-year-old Jannik Sinner will not participate at the Antalya Open and will fly straight to Australia with hopes of winning his maiden Grand Slam.

Jannik Sinner

Promising 19-year-old Italian, Jannik Sinner has decided to withdraw from the Antalya Open after confirming his participation at the season-opening event, ahead of the 2021 Australian Open.

Hosted by the Turkish city, the event that will kickstart the 2021 men’s professional tennis circuit is scheduled to begin on January 6th.

Sinner is the eighth player to take a step back from the Turkish event and owing to similar pullouts, the tournament organizers have brought out a revised list of participants which includes the likes of 2019 US Open semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini, last year’s Monte Carlo champion Fabio Fognini, rising Australian Alex De Minaur and a couple more names.

Youngster Jannik Sinner’s performance in 2020

Jannik Sinner

Next-gen 19-year-old, Sinner made his Grand Slam debut last year at the season-opening Australian Open but could not go beyond the second round. Worst was at the US Open when the youngster went down in five sets to Russian Karen Khachanov in the opening round itself.

However, Sinner’s moment of glory arrived at the Sofia Open in Bulgaria where he became the youngest Italian to win an ATP title in the Open era.

Currently ranked 37th on the charts, Sinner is the only player of his age on the men’s tour to finish inside the Top-100 of the ATP rankings last year.

Sinner is set to train with World No.2 Rafael Nadal ahead of the Australian Open 2021 after his 14 days of quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Sinner made the quarter-finals at the French Open last year but was defeated by Nadal, who has lifted the trophy a phenomenal 13 times, the last one being last year itself.

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