Piatti the coaching king bridging the tennis generation gap
Riccardo Piatti has both ends of the tennis generation gap well-covered, with the veteran Italian coach now helping both 32-year-old Maria Sharapova and newest teenaged ATP sensation Jannik Sinner.
Piatti’s training academy on the shores of the Mediterranean not far from the French border, was the venue for Sharapova’s autumn session as the five-time Grand Slam champion worked for a month to recover shoulder fitness.
Despite the sessions she was not quite ready to take a wild card into the October Linz event.
The 18-year-old Sinner, winner of the ATP NextGen title in Milan over Australian Alex di Minaur, is also being guided by Piatti – so far with runaway success.
In 2020, Piatti and his staff will be responsible for working with both players as Sharapova makes a comeback and Sinner makes a move.
“Next year I will help both Maria and Sinner; I worked with Maria a lot over the past months as she healed from her injury,” the Italian said,
“She is doing well and she committed to being competitive again. We focused a lot on technique and shots in order to put everything together also through video analysis.”
Piatti also put in a plug for the warm, friendly Maria he has known: “Outside she looks like a cold and unfriendly person, instead she is nice, and she likes learning.”
He admitted: “I’ve never coached women but with her, I made an exception, it will be a nice challenge.
Sharapova is due to step back on court at the December exhibition in Abu Dhabi and will play the pre-Australian Open Kooyong Classic in Melbourne,another exhibition.
She is also entered in the Brisbane WTA event early in January.
Sinner is on an upwards trajectory, with his ranking of 95th set to be shattered on Monday as a results of his run to the trophy at home in Milan.
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online