Jannik Sinner couldn’t praise his parents enough after winning the Australian Open. Here’s why they didn’t come to Melbourne to see him play

  • Italian 22-year-old stunned the crowd at Melbourne Park
  • Came from two sets to love to claim the win
  • Reveals why his parents couldn’t make the trip

When Italian tennis star Janniik Sinner took to the stands to celebrate his Australian Open victory with his entourage in the player’s box, there were two notable absences.

While the 22-year-old hugged friends and loved ones, his parents Johann (Hanspeter) and Siglinde Sinner were both back in Italy and missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Sinner praised both his parents and revealed that it was their support that inspired him to give up competitive skiing and commit to tennis as a teenager.

“They always gave me everything, and they never put pressure on myself, which for me is maybe the key to why I’m here,” he said.

‘They are the perfect parents. Of course I only know them, but they are fantastic.’

But his Australian coach Darren Cahill revealed his parents could not be there as they stayed at home to work in a ski resort to continue supporting the family.

“We’re a bit sad they couldn’t be here but it’s such a long way to get from Italy for the semi-finals or the final and you never quite know,” Cahill said.

“And I think they believe in jinxing a little bit, you know, they don’t want to get on the plane and come and ruin the mojo or everything.”

Italy's Jannik Sinner celebrates with coaches Darren Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi after winning his first Grand Slam title on Sunday night.

Italy’s Jannik Sinner celebrates with coaches Darren Cahill and Simone Vagnozzi after winning his first Grand Slam title on Sunday night.

A Younger Sinner is pictured with his parents Johann (Hanspeter) and Siglinde Sinner, and brother Marc Sinner

A Younger Sinner is pictured with his parents Johann (Hanspeter) and Siglinde Sinner, and brother Marc Sinner

Sindaar was quick to join the crowd to celebrate with loved ones, but unfortunately his parents couldn't make the trip

Sindaar was quick to join the crowd to celebrate with loved ones, but unfortunately his parents couldn’t make the trip

The other half of Sinner’s coaching staff, Simone Vagnozzi, said his parents would support him at tournaments whenever they could outside of work commitments.

“If we have to talk about parents, Jannik’s parents are great, really great,” he said.

‘Sometimes they come to the tournaments, but they don’t say a word about tennis.

“They’re right there, they’re enjoying the life of the tournament, but never come to us and say, ‘Oh, you know, the serve, well, you know, this, you know, the break point’.”

“At the moment it’s not easy to find those kinds of families because with YouTube everyone is a coach, especially in Italy. So, we’re really happy.’

Vagnozzi also realized what role models Sinner’s parents are for the 22-year-old.

‘The education that Jannik has – you saw every day on the court. The rocket never went off once,’ he said.

“I think for the Italian it’s really a very good example to have.”

This was echoed by Cahill.

“(Like) what you see with Jannik off the court, he’s incredibly respectful on the court,” he said.

‘Whether it’s to the referees or the ballkids, or driving people or anyone around — the transport drivers, the people at the restaurants, he’s very well educated and he has his feet on the ground.

‘His parents are exactly the same as him. His father has that goofy smile that Jannik has.’