“ What stood out the most was the kindness of Rafa Nadal ”
Jannik Sinner: ‘What stood out the most was how likeable Rafa Nadal was and how hard he works’
Jannik Sinner said that what stood out most about spending time with Rafael Nadal was “his kindness to me and his hard work”.
The 19-year-old shared a bubble and trained with Nadal in Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open earlier this year.
Sinner also revealed that he broke his racquet on the court only twice, saying “that kind of attitude doesn’t match my personality.”
“You learn a lot from someone who has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments. What stood out the most about him (Nadal) was how friendly he was to me and how hard he works, ”Sinner told Marca.
“Rafa and the rest of his team are normal people. When they need to have a good time, they do. In training, it’s a business question. “
The Italian added on the breaking of the rackets: “Twice, I think. I remember one of them. It was in Bonfiglio, not far from Milan.
“It was in an under-18 tournament. I lost in the quarterfinals after having a nightmare of a match and broke my racket.
“When I left the court I felt so angry with myself for breaking the racket, so much more [than the fact] that I had lost. I realized that this type of attitude does not match my personality.
The world No.18 is in action at the Madrid Open – where he faces Guido Pella in the first round on Monday.