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Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 1, 2023 Italy's Jannik Sinner reacts during his second round match against Germany's Daniel Altmaier REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

John McEnroe doubts Jannik Sinner’s fitness ahead of the French Open 

John McEnroe has expressed doubts about Jannik Sinner’s physical condition. The Italian, who made his debut at the French Open with a win against Christopher Eubanks (6-3, 6-3, 6-4), had to withdraw from the Masters 1000 Rome Open a few weeks ago due to a hip injury and arrived in Paris with questions about his condition.
The win against Eubanks provided positive signals regarding Sinner’s level on clay. However, McEnroe believes that as the rounds progress, the 22-year-old will face more physical demands, and the three weeks without competition before Roland Garros could take its toll.

McEnroe questions Sinner’s physical fitness

The seven-time Grand Slam champion noted that the current French Open is the most open in many years, which presents a good opportunity for several players. McEnroe is skeptical about Sinner’s preparation: “I doubt Jannik is 100%. He has not done the ideal preparation and wanted to play more games to have a chance to be ready in Paris,” he said.

“I think this is the most open tournament in recent years. Especially with the uncertainty that many top players face. From a commentator’s perspective, it’s quite exciting. I’m sure it’s very stressful for the players, especially the top players, when they don’t know where they stand. Obviously if everyone was healthy you would have three or four big favorites,” the former world number 1 added.

“So it certainly opens the door for other players who wouldn’t normally think they have a chance. The Roland Garros is a Slam and the top players want to play there. In my day it mattered who had the best record at the end of the year, but today it matters how many Slams you collect at the end of your career,” McEnroe concluded.


Sinner looking for his best rhythm

The Italian got off to a solid start at Roland Garros and matched his performance from last year, when he suffered a surprise fall to Daniel Altmaier in the second round. This time the situation is different: Sinner is fighting for world number 1 and already has experience with a Grand Slam title, having won the Australian Open earlier this year.

Questions about his fitness appear to be the biggest concern for Sinner, who noted on Media Day that he hopes to improve as he spends more time on the court: “I can’t do miracles. I haven’t played tennis for about three weeks. , which is a long time for a Grand Slam. I’m just trying to play day in and day out. This is a slightly different approach in this tournament than in the past, because hopefully going into the first round I can find my rhythm a little bit. find.

Sinner recently recalled in The Guardian his loss to Altmaier in 2023. At the time, he was the eighth seed and lost a close match 7-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-7, 5-7. “I always try to learn from defeats and this one was tough. My mentality was not the best and I promised myself that this attitude would not repeat itself. It was time to do my best with a smile,” he said.

“Of course there is pressure, but pressure is a privilege. There were too many ups and downs emotionally. It can happen: you play one set well and the other poorly, especially on clay. But I was not happy on the field and without motivation. My team told me: why do you have this attitude? They were right, and I’ve always believed that if you want to get better, you have to accept what you did wrong. After that match I trained a lot.”


“It’s okay to miss shots, even lose them. But you have to be happy to be on the field. Tennis started as a hobby and now it is my job. But it’s important that I keep playing like it’s my hobby. It is impossible to always be positive. There are many negative moments, but you have to find a way to get out of them. The more you play, the easier it is,” the Italian added.

“I like to dance in the storm of pressure. You have to enjoy the pressure because it’s not like we’re doctors who operate. If you make a mistake as a doctor, it could cost you your life. We win or lose and the next week you have another chance,” Sinner concluded.

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