Novak Djokovic’s former coach Riccardo Piatti fires indirect shots against ‘incompetent’ Adriano Panatta for criticizing Jannik Sinner for missing the Davis Cup

Jannik Sinner recently lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2023 ATP Finals.

Novak Djokovic’s former coach Riccardo Piatti fires indirect shots against ‘incompetent’ Adriano Panatta for criticizing Jannik Sinner for missing the Davis Cup

Riccardo Piatti (L), Jannik Sinner (M), Adriano Panatta (R) (Sources: Functional Tennis, Daily Express, Bistro160)

A few days ago, former Italian tennis player Adriano Panatta criticized Jannik Sinner heavily for not taking part in the Davis Cup this year. He said nowadays, players only think about their personal profits and not about history and feelings.


Citing an example of Bagnaia, a MotoGP racer, Panatta said that he was back on the bike three days after a major accident and opined that Jannik Sinner being too tired for the Davis Cup was just an excuse. 

Just like Jannik Sinner, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz also decided to pull out of the Davis Cup this season to focus on the rest of the tournaments. Novak Djokovic is one of the few big names to take part in the competition this year. Piatti also said that the Serb set a great example and that Alcaraz and Sinner should learn from him. 

Novak Djokovic’s former coach, Riccardo Piatti, has come to the defense of Jannik Sinner and said that Jannik Sinner should just focus on his performance and not pay heed to the illogical criticism regarding his participation in the Davis Cup. He also went to the extent of calling Adriano Panatta an incompetent who did not know how to perform at the highest level. 

I also wanted to tell him Good job for not listening to the unnecessary criticism he received during his last missed Davis participation, about his non-attachment to the 'shirt" and about his feeling or not Italian. Sterile criticism that came from incompetent people and who don't know how to perform at a high level.
Piatti said on Instagram

Riccardo Piatti says Jannik Sinner will start winning Grand Slams soon 

Jannik Sinner performed phenomenally in the last few tournaments of the season. He won the China Open and the Vienna Open and also reached the final of the ATP Finals.

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner (Source: ATP Tour)

The way he performed in the ATP Finals was phenomenal and Riccardo Piatti said that if the Italian continues to play like this, he will be winning Grand Slams very soon. He also added that it would be the best way to show his attachment to his country and make Italy proud. He said:

Jannik, a week like this at the Finals, the future Slams you will win and the world ranking are the the best way to show your attachment to Italy and to make all Italians feel proud to have someone like you among the best athletes in the world

Jannik Sinner’s season has ended now and he returns in the 2024 Australian Open as one of the favorites, especially after his brilliant performances in the last 3 months of 2023. He had 61 wins in 2023, 11 wins versus the top 10, and 9 wins versus the top 5 this season.

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