Jannik Sinner recently addressed Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal presidential palace in Rome on Thursday, February 1, to mark Italy’s Davis Cup 2023 win.
Sinner was joined by his Davis Cup teammates, including Matteo Arnaldi, Lorenzo Sonego, Lorenzo Musetti, and Simone Bolleli, for the evening. The event held in Malaga, Spain last November, saw Italy defeat Australia in the final after a comprehensive win over the Novak Djokovic-led Serbia in the semifinal.
Sinner’s contribution to Italy’s triumph was pivotal as he turned the tide single-handedly in the semifinal against Serbia. He defeated Djokovic in the second match of the tie after Musetti had lost to Miomir Kecmanovic in the first. He then partnered with Sonego and thumped the Djokovic-Kecmanovic duo in the deciding doubles showdown.
In the final against Australia, Sinner sealed the deal for his side with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Alex de Minaur following Arnaldi’s heroics against Alexei Popyrin. This was Italy’s first Davis Cup triumph since the year 1976.
The team members recently gathered at the presidential palace in Rome to celebrate the achievement. Things, however, took a hilarious turn briefly when Jannik Sinner walked up to the podium for his address to President Mattarella. The 22-year-old struggled to contain his laughter in his opening remarks as Arnaldi and Sonego looked at him with amusing expressions from the front row.
The video of the entire episode can be watched below.
Jannik Sinner nevertheless collected his emotions and dedicated the Davis Cup success to all the Italians.
“The pride of being here is for a victory that is the result of sacrifice and teamwork. It’s a success for all Italians. The most important thing was not to win, but to understand each other as teammates, to be happy on the field and smile even when things are not going well. We did something important for this country,” he said. (via Il Messaggero)
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