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Challenger Tour: 2015 finalist Tim Smyczek loses in first round, Dmitry Tursunov starts strongly

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Jared Donaldson played a close match against Vasek Pospisil in Indian Wells, but got back to winning ways in Irving (image via zimbio.com)

One of the biggest Challenger tournaments of the year got started in Irving on Tuesday. With the winner taking one hundred and twenty-five ATP ranking points it is a valuable tournament. That is reflected by the fact that every one of the eight seeds are representatives of the ATP Top 100.

 

2015 Irving finalist Tim Smyczek will see his ATP ranking drop by seventy-five points after he was beaten in straight sets by teenage compatriot Jared Donaldson 7-5, 6-4. In a close straight sets encounter, Donaldson saved both break points he faced, one each in set, to advance to the second round. Donaldson did not play this event last year.

In other early matches Dmitry Tursunov defeated late alternate Donald Young 6-4, 6-1. The veteran Russian is attempting a comeback at the age of thirty-three having played in the Australian Open already this season. Tursunov took advantage of some woeful first serve percentages from Young, dominating the American’s second serve and denying the world no.75 even a single break chance. Tursunov will face the winner of the match between Rogerio Dutra Silva and defending champion Aljaz Bedene.

Marcel Granollers retrieved an early break in the first set on his way to defeating Santiago Giraldo 7-5, 3-1 r’td. Granollers will face the winner of sixth seed Denis Kudla and alternate Mischa Zverev.

The last of the early session matches on Tuesday saw Denis Istomin defeat John-Patrick Smith 6-2, 7-5. Istomin will face either Jakub Sude or Lukas Rosol.

The last on Tuesday include an potential thriller between two in-form players in Andrey Rublev and Ryan Harrison.

 

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova splits with coach Sam Sumyk after seven months

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Sam Sumyk will no longer coach Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian player got off to a good start to her 2020 season under the guidance of the French coach reached the quarter finals before losing to eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open but she has split from the French coach after seven months. Sumyk has confirmed the news to the French tennis website We love tennis. Earlier this yera Pavlyuchenkova won 19 of her 27 matches and reached the final in Moscow in the seven months under the guidance of Sumyk.

 

Pavlyuchenkova won two Junior Grand Slam titles and became the Junior world number 1 at the age of 14 in 2006. She reached her career-high of world number 13 in July 2011. The Russian player has won 12 singles titles and 5 doubles titles. She also reached six quarter finals at Grand Slam level at the 2011 French Open, at the 2011 US Open, at Wimbledon 2016 and at the Australian Open in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Sumik had previously coached two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka, former Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza, former world number 2 Vera Zvonareva and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Under the guidane of Sumik Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title in 2012. The Belarusian player defended her title in Melbourne and climbed to the world number on eone year later.

The 53-year-old coach helped Muguruza clinch her maiden Grand Slam title at 2016 Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2017.

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Jannik Sinner sets Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion Jannik Sinner set Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19.

 

The Italian player announced the news that he will donate 10 Euros alongside Starwing Sports for every photo of a pizza that resembles himself or any past or present Italian figure to raise funds for medical supplies in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to help fight the spread of the virus.

Sinner is currently training in Monte-Carlo during the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last February Sinner reached his first ATP 500 quarter final in Rotterdam after scoring the biggest win of his career against world number 10 David Goffin. He earned his first Grand Slam main draw win of career against Max Purcell at the Australian Open.

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Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision to postpone the Olympic Games

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This year’s Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision of the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s authorities to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until 2021.

 

The decision of postponing the Olympics was announced on 24th March through a joint statement made by the President of the International Olympic Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Djokovic, who had prepared a pair of shoes inscribed with the words “Tokyo 2020”, thinks that the health of the people around the world is much more important.

“I am sad that the Olympic Games are postponed, but I am sure that it’s the right decision for the health of everyone involved. Let’s look forward to Tokyo 2021. Although the situation looks horrible in some parts of the world, I think that humanity in some parts of the world, Novak Djokovic thinks that humanity with get through it and can profit from it”, said Djokovic.

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