“He’s definitely going to win some Slams,” Nick Kyrgios said of Jannik Sinner.
By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Jannik Sinner raised the roof in Turn toppling world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Tuesday night.
The fourth-ranked Italian will win multiple majors with his maiden Grand Slam title possibly coming in 2024, says Nick Kyrgios.
In his debut as a Tennis Channel analyst for the ATP Finals, Kyrgios issued his bold prediction for 2024: Sinner wins a Grand Slam crown.
Wimbledon finalist Kyrgios said he realized Sinner was a major contender the first time he faced him at the 2022 Miami Open.
Kyrgios said the speed of Sinner’s drives—the lanky Italian owns the highest average groundstroke speed for both forehand and backhand of any of the elite eight in Turin this week—combined with his sense of calm as Kyrgios freaked out in a 7-6(3), 6-3 Miami Open loss, were indicators of Sinner’s potential.
Sinner barely blinked as a raging Kyrgios decapitated his Yonex racquet in a Miami meltdown.
“I remember when I played him in Miami I was like this little skinny kid he’s got some ball speed,” Kyrgios said on Tennis Channel. “I’ve got a good sense of how good people are and I was like: This kid’s gonna be really good.
“And especially when I was losing my mind in that match—I got a point penalty, a game penalty—he was so composed he wasn’t looking around. So I was like: okay, he’s very solid mentally as well.
“He’s definitely going to win some Slams. Next year, I reckon, he might win a Slam. That’s my early prediction, yeah, he’s incredible.”
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