All You Need To Know About Jannik Sinner’s Long Term Relationship With Skiing

Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner is grabbing headlines in the men’s game. Ever since he emerged on Tour in 2018-2019, his growth has been remarkable. In 2019, he won three titles on the Challenger level. He qualified for the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals on a wild card and ended up winning the tournament. 

Not too long ago, Jannik Sinner spoke about his liking for skiing beside his attachment to tennis. In fact, he was more involved in skiing compared to playing tennis. The first time he skied was as a three-and-a-half-year-old kid. He was so good at it that he became a champion at the age of eight.

Tennis – Great Ocean Road Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021 Italy’s Jannik Sinner reacts during his semi final match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Opening up on skiing, the tennis sensation stated, “I’ve been skiing since I was three and a half years old. Skiing on our part is quite normal because you have the mountains and the snow in front of your home. I was the Italian championship when I was eight years.


“When I was twelve, I came second in Italy and then I choose tennis. Tennis for me is like a game. In skiing, you go down for one-and-a-half minutes and when you make a mistake the race is over. In tennis, if you make one mistake you can still play.” 

Jannik Sinner finds skiing more challenging than tennis

Having a good measure of both sports, Sinner believes skiing to be more challenging than tennis. Jannik indicated that in skiing if a person makes even one mistake, the race is over. On the other hand, in tennis, after committing errors on more than an occasion, a player can still be in the match. 

Tennis – Great Ocean Road Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021, Italy’s Jannik Sinner in action during his final singles match against Italy’s Stefano Travaglia REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Sinner was born in Innichen in the northern region of Italy. Many youngsters from that area indulge in skiing from a very young age, and Jannik was one of them. The young Italian is a talented individual and being a champion at the age of eight and again at twelve years of age is evidence of it.


When he was 12, he made the tough choice of going with tennis over skiing. Subsequently, Jannik left his family in Sexten and moved closer to the Italian Riveria and trained at the Piatti’s Tennis Centre.

His decision has already been vindicated, as in the previous season he reached the quarterfinal at Roland Garros. As of today, he is creating headlines in the tennis world.

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