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Brisbane Qualifying Draw sees young prospects open season




Gulbis is the top seed in qualifying after being ranked in the top 15 at this point last year

The ATP tennis season proper is set to start with the Brisbane Qualifying Draw. Players ranging from experienced veterans to young unknowns are to start their seasons just days after welcoming in the New Year.

The top seed represents one of the biggest falls from grace of the last year. Ernests Gulbis started 2015 ranked 13th in the world, but won just eleven main draw matches last term, resulting in his needing to qualify for the Brisbane event this year. He will face big-serving Romanian Marius Copil in the first round of qualifying.

The most intriguing match-up of qualifying is likely to be second seed Ivan Dodig against local teenager and wildcard Omar Jasika. Jasika has been touted as the next product of Australian tennis predicted to join the likes of Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios, and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the Top 1o0. At 18, there is plenty of time for Jasika, and his match against former top 30 player Dodig will be a key indicator of his off-season work.

Jared Donaldson, Dennis Novikov, and Yoshihito Nishioka are other young players in action trying to make the main draw.

Full Draw:

(1) Ernests Gulbis vs Marius Copil

Lukasz Kubot vs Yoshihito Nishioka

(2) Ivan Dodig vs (WC) Omar Jasika

Pierre-Hugues Herbet vs (6) Jared Donaldson

(3) Thiemo de Bakker vs Jurgen Zopp

Tobias Kamke vs (7) Norbert Gombos

(4) Tim Smyczek vs Matt Reid

(WC) Oliver Anderson vs (8) Dennis Novikov

-Picks to proceed from qualifying in bold.


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Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.



Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle



Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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