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Jannik Sinner Declines Challenge Proposed by the Reporter Monte Carlo

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Jannik Sinner is in Monte Carlo, where he is preparing to play the Monte-Carlo Masters. After training, he had an exchange of jokes with a correspondent from the TV show Le Iene, which was bounced in front of everyone.

Calm and composed. Always kind, Jannik Sinner is a golden boy. But even for the best person in the world, it’s impossible to always be smiling and kind. In Monte Carlo, the ATP’s number 2 had some stern words for Stefano Corti, a correspondent from Le Iene, who had invited him to play ping pong on the Principality’s central court.

Sinner cooled him off firmly saying: “No, no, I with Le Iene…”. The tennis player would have kindly participated in the TV show a moment later.

Sinner is phenomenal on the court and a very nice guy in everyday life. Both on and off the court, which he has shown several times. But a not-so-kind word, but not even that bad, can slip out.

Practicing on Friday at the Monte Carlo Country Club’s Central, Sinner found himself a few steps from Stefano Corti, a correspondent of Le Iene, an Italian TV show, who didn’t stop him but spoke to him.

Sinner slowed down but didn’t stop and listened to the correspondent who, as reported by Corriere della Sera, said: “Since you are hyper-competitive, we said we would surely lose at tennis… so how about three shots at ping pong?”.

Jannik continues to walk, looks at Corti, and before heading into the changing rooms says: “No, no look… I with Le Iene…”. In front of Corti’s persistence (“No questions, just three quick ping pong balls, we have the net right here behind”), Jannik stands his ground while calmly and with his usual availability posing for photos with the fans present at the field’s exit: “I need to do the treatment, and after the treatment, it’s late”.

Conversation ended, with a certain annoyance from Sinner, who would then make himself available to the correspondent from Le Iene after the physical treatments.

After his success in Miami, Jannik Sinner became number 2 in the ATP ranking and between spring and summer could even become the world number 1.

Now, he is preparing for the Monte Carlo tournament, the first major appointment on clay. The draw is not too bad. Djokovic is, of course, on the other side, but so is Alcaraz. In the early rounds, there are good but not unbeatable opponents, possibly from the quarter-finals onwards, things get serious.

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