Italy Davis Cup team captain Filippo Volandri thinks Jannik Sinner is a “really special guy” and he is happy to have him at the Davis Cup Finals.
Sinner, 20, captured four ATP titles this season, broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career and made his debut at the ATP Finals.
Sinner is now set to make his Davis Cup debut.
“He’s growing up very fast,” Volandri said. “He’s 20, and like many 20-year-old guys he’s emotional, but he’s great at managing that. He’s a really special guy; he doesn’t care about the victory, he wants to improve himself. I think this is a good stage to grow up and raise his level.
“We are at the end of the season – it’s like this for everybody, but especially for a guy who is 20 and who made this special year. But he’s in great shape. If he’s going to play it’s going to be his debut, and he will be ready.”
Volandri hopes to be a good captain
Asked how he planned to approach his new role as captain, Volandri said: “I wanted to give them the goal to make a group. We are all young, me as a captain and same for the players – even if I have two players who have played Davis Cup for many years. This is a new team and a young team. Playing at home is going to be different, and I think the crowd is going to help us.”
Italy will be battling Colombia and the United States in the group stage.
“Clearly we’re the underdogs here,” Colombia Davis Cup team captain Alejandro Falla said. “But Dani Galan can play a very high level. He’s already played some of the Italians and Americans – he lost to Opelka in a tough match in Washington this year. And he loves Davis Cup. We will lean on him, and hopefully he can play his best level so we can win a tie here.”