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Sam Groth loses to Tommy Robredo



Sam Groth was the only Australian on the singles schedule on Day 3 at the US Open.  He was bested by Tommy the 26th seed Tommy Robredo in straight sets (6-4, 7-6, 6-4).

Sam Groth vs. Tommy Robredo

The veteran Spaniard played a solid match winning   80% of his first serves and 74% of second serves while committing only 11 unforced errors.  For most of the match, he pressured Groth into half volleys and then came up with beautiful passing shots.   The 27 year-old Groth did not seem to have his A-game in this encounter.  Groth came to net 64 times but only won just over half those points.  Best known for his big serving (he has the fastest serve on record of 163.4 mph, which he served at an ATP Challenger event in 2012), he had only 7 aces and an average first serve speed of 119 mph.

After being up 40-15 in the first game, Groth was not able to hold his serve throwing in a double fault and some loose volleys.  Both players held serve quite easily for the rest of the first set with Robredo needing only the one break of serve to win the set.  Despite Robredo’s first serve percentage of only 35%, Groth was not able to challenge him on return-of-serve.

Groth opened the second set by losing his serve at love.  His serves were not up to his usual speed and his volleys were not working for him.  In the second game, Groth was able to put pressure on Robredo’s serve for the first time in the match.  However, Robredo remained calm and consistent and Groth was not able to take advantage of his first break point opportunities.  Groth was able to get the break back in the eighth game, helped by Robredo’s first double fault to lose the game.  Robredo stepped up his game in the tiebreak and won it 7-3.

Robredo continued to open up the court, move the Aussie around, force half volleys, and execute beautiful passing shots in the third set.  Groth won only 9% of receiving points in this set.  Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, Groth was did not hold serve as Robredo again pressured him to make half volleys and then Robredo connected with nice passing shots.

Robredo will be happy with this win, he has not fared well in the Grand Slams this year – exiting in the first round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and losing in the second round at Roland Garros.  Groth reached the third round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and lost in the first round at Roland Garros.  The big Australian has played a lot of tennis this summer – Davis Cup, Bogotá, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Winston-Salem.

In the third round, Robredo will face Benoit Paire (who knocked out 4th seed and last year’s finalist Ken Nishikori in the first round).   Paire has a head-to-head record of 2-1 vs. Robredo:  winning in the Round of 16 in Hamburg and the Finals in Bastad in July and losing in the Quarterfinals in Casablanca in 2013.



Day 4 Preview


Lleyton Hewitt will face fellow Aussie and good friend Bernard Tomic on Day 4 at the US Open.  This will be their first tour level meeting.  Sam Stosur plays Evgeniya Rodina from Russia, their first tour level match as well.


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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