“Mancini gives Sinner a jersey”

“Mancini gives Sinner a jersey” was written on the banners in Turin, demonstrating not only the technical recognition of this young tennis player, but also his ability to play matches at an absolute level in an intelligent and combative manner.

Qualities these last two that the Italian national team lacked in its useful two matches. At the moment, the success at the European soccer championship last summer can be interpreted, in my opinion, as the victory of an outsider team that managed to express itself at its highest level, just as happened in the past to teams like Greece and Denmark. Deserved success of course, as well as the skills of the players certainly cannot have melted away in these months.

The question concerns the next path: is it possible to repeat that kind of performance? The answer is not obvious, because we know that maintaining a high standard of continued success over time is not only not obvious but not at all easy.

At the moment, the Italian team has not passed the test, the collective team has been insufficient to the task and the individuals have not been able to represent a decisive added value.

We do not know what the future will be like, but certainly a different and more specific psychological preparation must be carried out, rather than the simple and obvious “we play for fun, we have the skills to move forward” and so on.

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