Jannik Sinner News: Formula 1 deal, fan favorite and king of tennis

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Jannik Sinner is seemingly not losing any of the momentum that he gained with a bunch of late-season victories. Even though no ATP-level matches are being played, Sinner remains constantly in the news. And the news about him is quite interesting.

For starters, 22-year-old Jannik Sinner took home the ATP award for Fans’ Favorite, possibly shocking many tennis fans who might have expected Carlos Alcaraz to win. But the award is, after all, a fan vote that takes place online so either a bunch of Italians rigged the results, or Jannik Sinner is a lot more popular than some had thought.

Sinner became the youngest winner of the award since Roger Federer was crowned Fans’ Favorite in 2003. Federer was also 22 the first time he won the award, and he went on to win the honor the next 18 years. Rafael Nadal finally broke Federer’s streak (Federer retired from tennis in 2021, of course) last year.

We are living in a Jannik Sinner world

But if bets had been made on whether Sinner or Alcaraz would be voted as the Fans’ Favorite, many might have placed money on Alcaraz. Turns out that Sinner might not only be catching up to Alcaraz on the court but off it as well.

In other Jannik Sinner news, he struck a partnership with Formula 1. Sinner will be known as a Friend of F1, and his responsibilities include attending several Formula 1 Grand Prix races, helping sell events to a global audience, and helping tennis fans get interested in auto racing. Sinner tweeted (X’d?) out the news from his personal account this week.

The bottom line of all of this is that Sinner is not getting out of the public eye anytime soon. He has earned that by winning three ATP tournaments after July and making the final of the ATP Finals. He also beat Novak Djokovic twice in the span of two weeks in mid-November and the Italian holds a 4-3 head-to-head advantage currently over Carlos Alcaraz. 2024 might simply be a very special year for Jannik Sinner.

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