Coach Darren Cahill congratulated Jannik Sinner on winning Umag and also gave credit to Simone Vagnozzi.
After splitting with his long-time coach Riccardo Piatti in February, Sinner added Vagnozzi to his coaching staff.
Then this past grass season, Sinner added Cahill – one of the most respected tennis coaches – to his team.
On Sunday, Sinner defeated Carlos Alcaraz in the Umag final 6-7 (5) 6-1 6-1 to win his first title of the year.
“Congrats Jannik. Big props to you and Simone who have done an enormous amount of great work since early this year. Wonderful to see it come together so beautifully in Umag. The first win together is special. Looking forward to many great battles against Carlos in the coming years. Two quality inspiring young men.”
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Sinner wins it all in his third tournament with Cahill
In their third tournament together, Sinner and Cahill won their first title as a coach/player duo.
Prior to Umag, Sinner had been yet to even reach a semifinal in 2022.
“I am obviously very happy,” Sinner said after winning the title. “I have [had] a tough year until now, I had some unfortunate moments, but we worked every time to play better, to be a better player, to be a better person. So, I’m very happy to be finally lifting a trophy this year, but I know that I still have a lot of things to improve… It’s all about the process.”
Winning Umag will certainly provide Sinner a major boost of confidence ahead of the US Open.
Sinner isn’t competing this week but he is expected to kick off his North American hard court swing next week at the Montreal Masters.
Sinner reached the quarterfinal at this past Wimbledon and his goal for the US Open will certainly be to reach his first Grand Slam final or to potentially win it all.