Jannik Sinner Describes His Experience Practicing with Rafael Nadal at Australian Open 2021

Published 04/07/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE October 06. Winner Rafael Nadal of Spain is congratulated by Jannik Sinner of Italy at the net after the Quarter Final match of the singles competition on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Jannik Sinner impressed almost every tennis fan with his incredible gameplay at the Miami Open 2021. Even though he ended up as the runner-up of the tournament, he showed that he can earn a big name in tennis one day. Interestingly, he also became the second teenager to finish as the runner-up in Miami after his idol Rafael Nadal.

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In a recent interview, Jannik Sinner revealed his experience training with Rafael Nadal. He mentioned that his practice with the World No. 3 player was one of his best experiences.

“With Rafa, it was maybe one of the best experiences,” began Sinner. “Practicing with the guy who won 20 Grand Slams before a Grand Slam, it’s a huge honor for me knowing him better and knowing his team better.”

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Sinner and Nadal hit the nets together right before the Australian Open 2021. It was surely a great honor for the 19-year-old, and it definitely helped him grow a lot as a player.

“A very great person”- Jannik Sinner on Rafael Nadal

Jannik claimed that Nadal is a really humble person. In the short video, he also thanked the Spaniard and his team for choosing him to train with Rafa for two weeks.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“He is very humble, a very great person to everyone. So yeah, for me, it was very great and I would just like to say thanks to him and his team that they chose me to practice with them for two weeks,” added the young Italian player.

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It is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone to hit the nets with a legend like Rafa. It must have helped Sinner a lot, and his recent results are testimony to that. With the clay-court season approaching, the Italian will certainly like to leave his impression there as well. Will he be able to succeed at the French Open 2021, especially against his idol Nadal?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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