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‘Why Would You Tank a Match..’- Serena Williams’ Ex-coach Minces No Words as She Hits Back at Fans for Jannik Sinner Conundrum at ATP Finals

Published 11/21/2023, 5:37 AM EST

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At the recently ended ATP Finals, Jannik Sinner was one of the main highlights apart from Novak Djokovic‘s record breaking 7th title. The Italian surprised everyone with his heroics and managed to make his way all the way into the finals. In a tournament that featured many great stars, it was the young Italian who shined. His joruney to the finals was marked by a sensational win over the champion Djokovic. However, when the two met again in the finals, Sinner lost.

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While the outcome did not favor the Italian, many came out saying that he must have bottled his game against Holger Rune which would have seen the Serbian bow out of the tournament. Hitting back at the critics, Rennae Stubbs, the former coach of Serena Williams came out and issued a supporting statement to Sinner who did his best.

Rennae Stubbs talks about the criticism surrounding Jannik Sinner following his win against Holger Rune at the ATP Finals


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The criticism from Serena Williams’ former coach Rennae Stubbs addressed an issue that arose during a recent match involving Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune. She expressed her disbelief at suggestions that said that Sinner should have deliberately lost to Rune which would have knocked the Serbian Novak Djokovic out of the tournament.

Talking about the importance of the match, she highlighted Sinner’s track record of 0-2 against Rune. With Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s eventual exits from the sport looming, Stubbs identified Sinner and Rune as crucial figures in the future Grand Slam competitions.


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“I’m like, first of all, he’d never beaten Holger Rune in his career. He was 0-2. I know you’re like only two losses. That’s big. Yeah. You know, when you’re talking about the next-gen of great players, those two are in that category of the two players once Novak is gone and Nadal is gone next year. It’s like those two will be competing without question for grand slams. So why would you tank a match to a guy that you’ve never beaten when you’re playing arguably your best tennis? Yeah, right,” said Stubbs during her podcast.

Thus, Rennae Stubbs gave her verdict on her tweet that supported Jannik Sinner for winning his match against Holger Rune and making his way into the finals of the ATP Finals. With a great future ahead for the two, the rivalry is already shaping big and these two will be looking to make the future of the game great. Not only this but she also made a bold call in support of the Italian player.

Stubbs makes a bold call for Sinner after his sensational performance against Djokovic


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Jannik Sinner made headlines after he managed to defeat Novak Djokovic in the gropu stage match at the ATP Finals. While his heroics did not go unnoticed, Stubbs came ahead and suggested a bold call for the future of the young Italian. In a statement, she suggested that Sinner could well be on course to win a Grand Slam next year.

“Sinner will win a major next year,” wrote Stubbs on Twitter. Despite being just 22, he already had a breakthrough year. This has made many pundits laud the exceptional gameplay from the Italian.


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Thus Sinner, who has a lot of potential can make it big on the grand stage. His recent performance at the ATP Finals in Turin suggests that he is well on course to become the next great thing in the game. While the likes of Stubbs stood in his favor. His performances have always been worth watching.

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Written by:

Akshat Gaur


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In a world where player rivalries dominate social media conversations, I am someone who prefers to enjoy the skills showcased on the court rather than be involved in feuds over the greatness of players. Right from my early childhood, I have been engrossed by the legendary rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It turned me into a ‘Fedal’ fan and eventually, when I graduated from college, this fandom created an interest in covering their exploits on the court.
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