The relationship between player and coach must be an alchemical symbiosis. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. There are moments in which it is clear how some pairs are made to write history (Rafael Nadal-Toni Nadal, Novak Djokovic-Goran Ivanisevic or Marjan Vajda, Roger Federer with Ivan Ljubicic). Other times, there are stories that don’t work, as happened, for example between Nole and Andre Agassi. But at the basis of everything there must be respect.
A pairing that is working well is the one between Jannik Sinner and Darren Cahill. The ATP No.4 passed the first round of the Australian Open by beating the Dutch Botic Van de Zandschulp in three sets. In the second round the Dutch opponent will be Jesper de Jong who beat the Argentine Pedro Cachin.
In the post-match interview on the court after the success in the first round, Sinner found a way to praise his Australian coach Darren Cahill, who leads his team together with Simone Vagnozzi.
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"We have a wonderful relationship, explains Sinner on Cahill, we work well together but we are also able to stay distant when necessary. For me it is very important, fundamental to have him in my corner, he gives me great confidence and adds peace of mind to our team. He is learning Italian better and we are also trying to teach him which type of pasta should be eaten and which should be avoided," explained Sinner.
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Sinner then talked to Eurosport about the preparation for this tournament: "Last week was very long but we made this choice to train. I still have to train a lot, in my opinion we have done a very important preparation of a few weeks. A lot of work especially in the gym to improve my physique and now I’m here in Australia to play tennis. I think that’s the most fun part, I want to get on the field and let’s see how the next match and the tournament goes."
On the topic of the ATP and WTA stop on late night matches, also triggered by Sinner’s witdrawal at the last Paris Bercy tournament, the Italian tennis player once again showed his maturity and wisdom, through very well thought-out words, to a boy his age.
"There are extremes to avoid like in Paris Bercy, not only my match but also others before me. But I don’t even want to talk about this again, it’s already in the past. Regardless, I’m happy to go on the pitch at any time because that’s what I like. They took the ATP’s decision based on times that sometimes could have been avoided even if it happens. Every job has pros and cons and that’s how it went."