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ATP Umag: Second consecutive title for Cuevas



TENNIS ATP UMAG – Pablo Cuevas claimed two back-to-back ATP titles following his first title Bastad two weeks ago with another win in the Umag Croatia Open final against defending champion Tommy Robredo with the scoreline of 6-3 6-4. Earlier on the same day he beat last year’s finalist Fognini with the same score in the semifinal which was postponed until Sunday morning because of heavy rain. Diego Sampaolo

Cuevas, who did not feature in the ATP Ranking at the beginning of 2013 after undergoing knee surgery in 2012, has moved up 20 spots to reach the 40th place (a career high) in the ATP Ranking at the start of this week. Cuevas, who started the Umag ATP 250 Ranking as a qualifier, has extended his streak to 13 match wins.

Cuevas converted on three of his nine break chances and hit 26 winners. He got the break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead in the first set. The South American player got a double break to go up 4-1 in the second set. World Number 18 Robredo, who played in his 20th career final and won the Umag title beating Fabio Fognini in 2013, broke back to love in the sixth game but Cuevas managed to wrap up the set with 6-3 to claim his second consecutive title.

Robredo beat 2012 Umag champion Marin Cilic 7-6(10) 6-3 in the other Sunday morning semifinal.

Cuevas has become the second qualifier to win a ATP Trophy in 2014 after Martin Klizan in Munich

Robredo lost the title won last year but he confirmed his reputation as a clay specialist having won 11 of his 12 tournaments on clay. He won 245 matches on this surface. The Spanish player is currently third behind Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer in the ranking of players with more wins on clay. However he played well on hard-court as in 2013 when he beat Roger Federer at the US Open

The Umag tournament revealed 17-year-old Croatian rising star Borna Coric who forced Fabio Fognini to the third set in the quarter final. The Italian finally clinched a hard-fought win in three sets with 5-7 7-6 6-4.

Coric, World Number 230, beat Number 46 Edouard Roger Vasselin in the first round and Horacio Zeballos in the second round. Coric, who is coached by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, won the 2013 Junior Tournament at the US Open where he beat Australian Open rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Coric is the latest name to add to the list of young players who could emerge on the world stage in the future following Australian Nick Kyrgios who beat Rafa Nadal to reach the Wimbledon quarter final, the other Australian of Greek origin Thanasi Kokkinakis and German 17-year-old Alexander Zverev.

Kokkinakis finished runner-up in two Junior Grand Slam finals at the Australian Open and the US Open in 2013.

Zverev, who was born in 1997, won the Australian Open Junior Tournament last January and was the World Junior Number 1 player. Later this year he won his first ATP Challenger in Braunschweig beating Paul Henry Mathieu. At this month’s ATP 500 Tournament in his native city Hamburg the younger brother of tennis player Misha Zverev beat Robin Haase, Michail Youzhny, Santiago Giraldo and Tobias Kamke before losing in the semifinal against David Ferrer


Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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