“He doesn’t have to be a bad copy of Nadal or Djokovic”- Jannik Sinner’s coach believes the Italian can be a top player by being the ‘best version of himself’

Jannik Sinner's new coach, Simone Vagnozzi believes the Italian can improve his game style by following his own footsteps.

Jannik Sinner, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
Jannik Sinner, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

After parting ways with long-time coach Riccardo Piatti, Jannik Sinner is now set to begin training under his new coach Simone Vagnozzi. Sinner has been struggling with his form and inconsistencies this year and dropped out of the top-10 rankings. Now with a coaching change, the 20-year-old will be keen on turning his fortunes around.

The Italian youngster is touted to be one of the next-gen stars. Within a year of turning pro, Sinner broke into the top-100 of the ATP rankings and won the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2019. He then followed it up with an impressive season in 2020, when he reached his career’s first Grand Slam semi-final at the Roland Garros. The youngster sealed his name as one of tennis’ next biggest stars with a breakthrough 2021 season. He won four titles, qualified for his first Masters 1000 finals, and debuted in the top 10.

Vagnozzi has coached only two players prior to Sinner but has a good track record with both of them. He initially trained Marco Cecchinato, who thrived under Vagnozzi’s mentorship and reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, his best result at Grand Slams to date. He then trained Stefano Travaglia who debuted in top-100 within a year of Vagnozzi’s arrival. Now with a top-10 protege under his belt, the Italian veteran will be looking to capitalize on Sinner’s potential and nurture him into a Grand Slam contender.

Tactically he can improve a lot”- Vagnozzi on Sinner’s playing style

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner

In a recent interview with SuperTennis, Vagnozzi spoke about Sinner’s gameplay and other aspects which can be improved. He said the backhand and serve will need to be improved. He also emphasized having different game plans during matches against top players like Nadal and Djokovic, who quickly adapt to the situation.

“He can improve the serve, the safety in the descent to the net, the technique in the execution of the volley. He can improve the backhand slice, which can help him even if it will not be a shot that will play a lot. Tactically he can improve a lot, I think adding a plan B and a plan C can be important because when you face foxes on the circuit like Djokovic or Nadal you have to be ready to change the cards,” he said.

Vagnozzi further added that Sinner should focus on his own playing style and doesn’t have to be compared with other players or needs to emulate them.

Jannik doesn’t have to be a bad copy of Nadal, Medvedev, Djokovic or anyone else. He has to be the best version of himself,” he further added.

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