“Still Much Work to Do”: Jannik Sinner Reveals Humble Side After Winning Citi Open 2021

Published 08/09/2021, 4:10 AM EDT
Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy holds the championship trophy after his singles finals match against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) at Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Italian teenage sensation Jannik Sinner has been making steady progress in the men’s Tour. All the big names in this sport have spoken highly of the youngster. He is quite a versatile player, being able to execute his game on the various surfaces on Tour. 

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Yesterday, Sinner won the Citi Open 2021. He has been playing some of the best tennis in the past week and seemed that he would go the distance. After winning the title, the Italian player sounded humble and felt that areas in his game still require improvements. 

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates during the singles finals match against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) at Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The 19-year-old star stated, “I think there is still much work to do, to be honest. A lot of experience to put in, working hard as we are doing now and trying to play important matches and important moments of a match.

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“Today I think I had a lot of them. I can learn many things [from] today.”

Jannik Sinner is not stopping here

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During matches, there are moments in which players feel nervous due to crunch situations. For a player to maintain composure and not let the situation get the better of them is the real deal; Jannik has been working on it and still feels there is room for improvement. 

Aug 8, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates after winning the singles finals match against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) at Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The teenager further added, “When you see somebody is the youngest or whatever, I don’t put much weight on that. There are a lot of players who have done much, much better than me,” Sinner said. “It’s not about who is the youngest or whatever. I just want to improve, work hard.”

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Now that Sinner has won the Citi Open 2021, it will be interesting to see how he performs in the upcoming tournaments, especially the US Open.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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