Former Russian tennis player and women's World No.1 Maria Sharapova has shared a hilarious throwback dancing video with Jannik Sinner following Italian youngster's Australian Open 2024 triumph in Men's Singles on Sunday, January 29.
Sinner stunned World No.3 Daniil Medvedev in five-set thriller - 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 3-6 to clinch his maiden title in his first Grand Slam final appearance at Melbourne Major. The 22-year-old was trailing by two sets before he made an incredible comeback to win the Australian Open title by winning the next three sets against Medvedev.
Following his Australian Open victory, Jannik Sinner received applause from athletes and fans all over the world. However, Sharapova came up with hilarious way to congratulate Sinner's triumph at Melbourne Park.
Former World No.1 shared a throwback video of her and Jannik Sinner on X (formerly), where both were dancing to a Christmas carol and wrote, "I knew that one day you’ll regret this Congrats Champ!! patience, poise & class"
Australian Open witnessed a new Men's Singles champion for the first time since 2014. The last player to win a Melbourne Major apart from Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was Stan Wawrinka.
Jannik Sinner became the first Italian player since Adriano Panatta in 1976 to win Men's Singles Grand Slam title. Additionally, the 22-year-old added feather to his cap by becoming the youngest male player since Novak Djokovic in 2008 to clinch the Melbourne Major.
'I went away from home when I was 14': Jannik Sinner
Newly crowned Australian Open men's singles champion Jannik Sinner reflected on his tennis journey thus far. The 22-year-old said that he was 'forced' to grow up quickly at the age of 14, doing laundry and cooking.
Sinner credited his parents for not putting pressure on him and allowing him to enjoy tennis.
“I went away from home when I was 14, so I had to grow up quickly, learning to cook, do laundry for the first time. But then maybe it was the fastest way to grow up, for me it was tough, but for my parents it was tough also." Sinner said.
"They never put pressure on me, and maybe that’s key reason why I’m here today. I am quite a relaxed man, I enjoy playing tennis, I’m 22 so I enjoy doing normal stuff too. They are perfect parents.” he added.