Jannik Sinner withdraws from Paris Masters after being forced to play just 14 hours after a late night finish courtesy of poor scheduling

Jannik Sinner withdraws from the final Masters 1000 event of the season.


Jannik Sinner withdraws from Paris Masters after being forced to play just 14 hours after a late night finish courtesy of poor scheduling

Jannik Sinner(Image via @TheTennisLetter/X)

World No. 4 Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Paris Masters. He was pushed to this decision by poor scheduling by the tournament authorities. The Italian has been having a splendid couple of months. However, this streak had to come to an end when he had to withdraw from the event after being forced to play merely 14 hours after his first match.

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Sinner has been on a roll for the past couple of months. He has won two titles in the past month at the China Open and the Vienna Open. Sinner defeated Daniil Medvedev in both matches. This was a year of firsts for the Italians. He had also won a maiden Masters 1000 title in Canada and made it to the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time at Wimbledon. However, this came to an end for Sinner with him withdrawing from the Paris Masters on account of poor scheduling by the tournament authorities.

The Italian was forced to play a third-round match against Alex de Minaur merely 14 hours after his second round. This match would have been a rematch of the Canadian Open final. However, he had to withdraw from the tournament before that could happen. He had defeated Mackenzie McDonald in the second round the match had gone for a grueling three sets with the first round running to a tie-breaker. While it is expected to have ample time before heading on to the next match, this was not provided for Sinner.

However, this is not the first complaint of scheduling issues at tournaments. High-ranking players such as Novak Djokovic and Daria Kasatkina have also voiced out their opinions on the issue. However, these uproars by the players do not seem to have any effect on the authorities since this issue keeps dragging out, affecting player performances.

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Jannik Sinner’s coach Darren Cahill slams the authorities regarding the Paris schedule

The World No. 4 player’s coach Darren Cahill slammed the tournament authorities for poor scheduling. The second-round match against Mackenzie McDonald ran till 2:45 in the morning. However, the Italian was forced to go through the motions once again merely 14 hours later.

Darren Cahill’s message(L) and Darren Cahill(R) (Image via @dc10s/Instagram and Tennis Australia)

The Australian coach said on Instagram:

2:45 am. Happy for Jannik Sinner win but zero care for the players welfare with the Paris schedule. 

It was clear that it was not only the Italian but also his coach was disappointed with the scheduling.

While the Italian was playing his best tennis, he was still forced out of the tournament. But it is truly unfortunate that it was not injury that forced him to this decision but scheduling inconsistencies. A large number of players have spoken out against the issue. However, no plausible solutions seem to be coming up for the issue.

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