The Australian coach, who also led Halep to two Grand Slams, was spotted in Jannik’s training session in Eastbourne. His specialty? The flying game
Jannik Sinner is building his team brick by brick. Since the South Tyrolean left Riccardo Piatti’s nest to choose Simone Vagnozzi’s technical guide, a few things are changing. In the last two weeks, a new physiotherapist has arrived, Jerome Bianchi, and a new athletic trainer, that Umberto Ferrara who with Vagnozzi led Marco Cecchinato to number 16 in the world and to the semifinals of Roland Garros. Now, the much-evoked “supercoach” could also enter the group. Once the Magnus Norman hypothesis has been discarded, it seems that Darren Cahill will arrive next to Jannik.
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The former Australian top 30 player is a highly respected and technical expert. With him his compatriot Lleyton Hewitt rose to number 1 in the world, and Andre Agassi, at the end of his career, returned to the top of the world rankings thanks to him. In recent years, then, the Aussie has been decisive in the growth of Simona Halep.
The Romanian player with him has conquered Roland Garros and Wimbledon and since the professional partnership between the two has dissolved, Simo has no longer been able to achieve high level results. After the pandemic Cahill was next to Amanda Anisimova, but their collaboration ended after a few weeks, in Indian Wells, with the coach who had chosen to spend more time with his family.
It is possible that the idea of supporting a talent like Jannik Sinner may have whetted the ambitions of the 61-year-old former player, seen on the pitch with the staff of the Italian number 2 in these days at Eastbourne. Cahill could help Jannik a lot especially in the game of flying, his great specialty as a player and for this reason it is very likely that the coach will work alongside the blue talent for only a few weeks. “The serve and volley is still a valid tool to use – he said a few years ago -. You do not train enough flying shots at an early age to make sure that the new generation knows how to disengage at the net and take three steps forward when required” . Sinner, forced to retire at Roland Garros during the quarter-finals against Andrey Rublev with a knee problem, will return to the field at Eastbourne next week in preparation for Wimbledon, the Grand Slam on grass that begins next Sunday.
June 17, 2022 (change June 17, 2022 | 21:41)
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