“When I was a little boy I skied because in our parts the first sport is of course skiing.
Growing up in the Italian province of South Tyrol, 18 year old ATP player Jannik Sinner first love was skiing before dedicating his focus to tennis full time. Sinner is currently hovering at 101st rank but he beat 3 straight Top-100 players last week so that will likely improve.
Currently ranked #1 tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, credits some of his success on the court with his lifelong love of skiing. The Serbian superstar took his first ski run well before he ever picked up a racket and openly admits that skiing is a greater passion in his life than tennis:
“I think skiing has affected the I feel flexibility of my ankles, my joints. I know a lot of players are forbidden to ski, but I don’t have that in my contract. I don’t sign a contract that conditions me not to ski.”
Perhaps Jannik should get back into shredding and follow in the footsteps of The Serbinator?