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“INCREDIBLE”: The Carota Boys go nuts for Jannik Sinner's win over Novak Djokovic
After meeting their favorite player in Turin, the carrot-clad fans enjoyed a great view of the Italian's best victory of the year at the Nitto ATP Finals.
Published Nov 15, 2023
What a week for the Carota Boys.
Jannik Sinner’s iconic carrot-clad fan club finally got to meet their carrot-top hero at the Nitto ATP Finals, and then they were treated with a great view of his biggest win of the year over Novak Djokovic on Tuesday.
The group of six friends made their debut in Rome at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, and have followed their favorite around the world—from Roland Garros to Wimbledon to the US Open—in their signature carrot outfits, a nod to Sinner’s favorite snack.
“When they come to tournaments when it's far away, it means a lot to me,” Sinner said. “They care about me as a player and they really want to support me. And they make me laugh—not only me, but I think all the fans, because it’s something different.”
With the Nitto ATP Finals being played on Sinner’s home turf, it was fitting that the Carota Boys got their in-person meeting in Turin. The 22-year-old surprised his fans with a special appearance during a video shoot for Lavazza, one of the Italian’s sponsors that has been supporting his fans’ travel. The group got to hit a few tennis balls with Sinner, and enjoyed a cup of coffee with their favorite.
But that was only the beginning, as the Carota Boys also got to witness Sinner take center stage in one of the best matches of the year. The Italian had the crowd at the Pala Alpitour roaring after he took down defending champion Djokovic in a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) thriller, snapping his 19-match winning streak at the season-ending championships.
“How beautiful are the first times! The Arena looked like the Colosseum. INCREDIBLE,” the Carota Boys wrote on Instagram after the match.
With his loyal fans in the stands, Sinner sent a message to the rest of the field after going 2-0 in the Green Group. Sinner opened his Turin campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, before backing it up with a stunner against Djokovic.
“Putting together all circumstances, playing here in Turin against the No. 1 in the world, he won 24 Grand Slams, with such an atmosphere and everything, I think it's in the top, top, no?” Sinner said when asked where this victory ranked among his career moments.
“Obviously… even if I would have lost today, the match was really good. Also for my mind it was really important to go close this match, so in my mind I know I can really try to win against him also for the next matches.”
Sinner, the No. 4 seed, will face No. 8 seed Holger Rune next as Green Group action continues on Thursday in Turin.