Jannik Sinner: I could only play indoors due to weather conditions in my hometown

Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner reveals he enjoys playing on indoor courts since he grew up at a place where he was forced to play mostly indoors because of the extreme weather conditions. 

Sinner, 20, has enjoyed success on indoor courts so far in his career, having won the Next Gen ATP Finals last year and back-to-back titles in Sofia in 2020 and 2021.

“In my hometown during winter there are 5 meters of snow, so as a child I could only play indoors. So yes, this is my favourite surface,” said Sinner, per Tennishead.

“There is no wind, no sun: there is only the ball and the court.”

Sinner rejects the notion that he plays flat 

“From television it looks like I only hit flat, but I also change the spin during the match. Television filming has a strong influence on our perception. Riccardo (Piatti) in person is of course better at analysing my games because he grasps the details.”

Sinner, who made the Antwerp semifinal in 2019, reached the Antwerp semifinal this week again following a 6-4 6-2 win over Arthur Rinderknech.

“I think I was very solid today,” Sinner said in his on-court interview. “I played against him in Lyon and he is a very great player and he wants to hit the ball hard. I tried to stay solid and play deep, so I am very happy with the performance today.”

A few days ago, Fabio Fognini criticized Sinner for skipping the Tokyo Olympics.

“In my career, I made a lot of mistakes and when I did, I always asked for forgiveness. It is also true that I always say what I think, for better or for worse. For me, Sinner was wrong not to play at the Tokyo Olympics. He made a decision and then it had consequences. And I think he has a team that advised him to do it and he listened,” Fognini told RTL Italia.