Jannik Sinner has carved his name on the Grand Slam roll of honour!
Long tipped for the biggest prizes, the 22-year-old Italian finally came good by beating Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open to claim his first major title.
A member of the group of young players expected to take over from the golden generation of the past 15 years led by HEAD’s tennis ambassador Novak Djokovic, Sinner has shown a remarkable spurt in form in the past few months, which has lifted him from being a great hope to a Grand Slam champion.
Sinner had a tough run-in at the Australian Open, having to beat two HEAD top-tenners – Andrey Rublev and Djokovic – to claim his first major title. It marks the culmination of a long and patient process, which the Italian acknowledged in Melbourne.
“Patience can be your biggest enemy in one way,” he said after his highly impressive semi-final victory over Djokovic, his first win over the world number one in a best-of-five sets match. “But if you’re not that patient, you rush, and you maybe forget some steps which are important in becoming a better player and improving physically.