Jannik Sinner’s ‘Downhill’ Past Credited by Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach as an ‘Uphill’ Stride Lies in Wait for the Italian Sensation

Published 11/27/2023, 1:54 AM EST

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Jannik Sinner stepped up near the end of the season and showed the world why he is considered one of the leaders of the next generation. His performance in the Davis Cup was a testament to his talent. Watching him take revenge from Novak Djokovic, the childhood coach of Serena Williams, praised the Italian youngster as he took his country to a trophy.

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Macci has praised Jannik Sinner’s ability on several occasions. The 22-year-old has enamored the 68-year-old with his tennis skills and has effectively become one of the stars who is followed by the legendary coach.

Serena Williams’ childhood coach lauds Jannik Sinner

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Before Sinner started his career as a tennis professional, he was involved with Skiing. He even won a national skiing championship when he was eight. He also played tennis and football with the sport and eventually decided to put all his eggs in the tennis basket. His efforts proved fruitful as he helped his country win their second Davis Cup title and their first since 1976. 

Watching him demolish players in the tournament, Rick Macci was impressed. On his official ‘X’ page, he wrote, “The fact that @janniksinwas a DOWNHILL skiing champion as a kid with unreal Agility Mobility and Stability will help him Slide Glide in Stride UPHILL as professional champion.”

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Sinner played well to reach the ATP Final without a loss. Additionally, he helped his country overcome Novak Djokovic’s challenge after Italy lost the first match against Serbia. His win, with a bagel in the second set, won Italy their second Davis Cup title. His performance has improved in the last few months and will only increase as time goes on.

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Macci follows the player as he keeps an eye on talents in tennis. The legendary coach could see Sinner’s potential and has often talked about him on his social media.

Macci shares a prophecy for Sinner

Watching him improve at a steady rate, Macci could not help but be impressed with the Italian youngster. The current world number four had a great run this season and added many titles to his list. His triumphs pushed Macci to make a glowing prophecy about Sinner’s future. He predicts that with the aggressive mindset he possesses, Sinner has a great chance of winning a slam next year.

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His exploits in Wimbledon, the Canadian Open, and the China and Vienna Open gave Macci enough confidence to say that Sinner will win a slam next year. The ball is in the court of the Italian youngster. As the next season inches closer, we will see if Sinner manages to move ahead and rise to the challenge of winning slams.

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Ripunjay Gaba

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