Jannik Sinner has made his mark at this year's Miami Open, outlasting Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets for a spot in the final against Hubert Hurkacz. Since September 2020, he's also come to be known, sometimes to amusing effect, as a pitchman for Parmigiano Reggiano, a cheese company.
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Jannik Sinner may say 'cheese' to new spot among ATP elite
Published Apr 04, 2021
Still a teenager, Sinner is perched at No. 31 in the ATP ranks—and speedily rising. His first major-event dent was crashing the Roland Garros quarterfinals in that infamously delayed 2020 tournament.
Twitter user Henry Breadstick helpfully points out that others blazed a trail so that Sinner could amble down the same way. Olive-oiled pros Matteo Berrettini and Lesia Tsurenko found a way to turn product-endorsement shoots into workouts. That's some smart multitasking.
Berrettini and Tsurenko, billed at the time (in 2019) as players ranked in the mid-20s, have taken disparate paths since then. The Italian has risen to No. 10 on the ATP Tour, while the Ukrainian has seen that stat dip to No. 144.
Even so, though it seems like a lifetime ago given the era we're in, they sure did put in the work to make that sponsor money. That's shown below, and Sinner might take note of their literal hustle.