After parting ways with longtime coach Riccardo Piatti, Jannik Sinner now start training under his new coach Simone Vagnozzi. Sinner has struggled with his form and inconsistency this year and dropped out of the top 10. Now with a change in coaching, the 20-year-old will be keen to turn his fortunes around.
The young Italian player is considered one of the next generation stars. Within a year of turning pro, Sinner broke into the top 100 of the ATP rankings and won Next Generation ATP Finals in 2019. He then continued it with an impressive season in 2020, when he reached the first Grand Slam semi-final of his career at Roland Garros. The youngster has made his name as one of tennis’ next biggest stars with a groundbreaking 2021 season. He won four titles, qualified for his first Masters 1000 final, and featured in the top 10.
Vagnozzi coached only two players before Sinner but had a good track record with both. He initially coached Marco Cecchinato, who thrived under Vagnozzi and reached the semifinals of Roland Garros, his best result at a Grand Slam tournament to date. Then he trained Stefano Travaglia who broke into the top 100 within a year of Vagnozzi’s arrival. Now, with a top 10 title, the Italian will look 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
In a recent interview with SuperTennis, Vagnozzi talked about Sinner’s gameplay and other aspects that could be improved. He said the backhand and serve will need to be improved. He also emphasized having different plans for matches against top players like Nadal and Djokovic, who quickly adapted to the situation.
“He can improve his serve, his safety in the net, his volley technique. He can improve his backhand, which can help him even if it’s not a hit that will play much. Tactically he can improve a lot, I think the addition of a plan B and a plan C can be very important because when you face foxes on the track like Djokovic or Nadal, you must be ready to change cards”. he say.
Vagnozzi added that Criminal should focus on his own style of play and not need to compare with other players or need to imitate them.
“Jannik doesn’t have to be a bad copy of Nadal, Medvedev, Djokovic or anyone else. He must be the best version of himself“He added.
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