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Five Americans come through qualifying in Indian Wells, Michael Berrer defeats Andrey Rublev




 Noah Rubin will feature in the main draw after some strong performances in qualifying

The final round of qualifying at Indian Wells tuned into a good day for Americans, as five Americans progressed to the main draw. There was however disappointment for young Russian Andrey Rublev, who misses out after defeat.


The top section saw the top seed Yuichi Sugita surprised by the in-form Renzo Olivo (17), who won 6-4, 6-2. Second seed Austin Krajicek also failed to escape qualifying, as he was defeated by Frenchman Vincent Millot 6-3, 6-4.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert was the highest seed (3) to progress, as he defeated Mischa Zverev (14) 6-3, 7-6  in a battle of big servers. Michael Berrer (4) may have been seeded higher than Andrey Rublev (14) but the Russian may have been the favourite, having just taken his first Challenger title last week. Berrer eased past him 6-3, 6-2.

(5) Tim Smyczek again pulled off a Houdini act, as he recovered from the loss of the first set against Tommy Paul (24), winning a third set that featured five breaks of serve 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. Smyczek had won a tight first round match against Michael Mmoh.

(18) Ryan Harrison took full advantage of Jason Jung’s excellent win against John-Patrick Smith in the earlier round, defeating Jung 6-4, 7-6 to make the main draw.

A pair of surprise names in Peter Polansky and Marcelo Arevalo featured in the next section, with the Canadian Polansky winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

(20) Jozef Kovalik defeated Giovanni Lapentti 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to feature in the main draw of Indian Wells for the first time.

(21) Marco Trungelliti has mirrored the achievements of compatriot Renzo Olivo at many events this year, most notably the Australian Open, and he will also feature in the main draw after he edged French veteran Edouard Roger-Vasselin (9) 7-6, 6-4.

(19) Alexander Sarkissian edged fellow American Mitchell Krueger 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, before (11) Bjorn Fratangelo beat veteran Czech star Radek Stepanek (15) 6-3, 6-2.

(23) Noah Rubin completed the bracket with a 6-3, 7-5 win against (12) Dennis Novikov.

The winners will now be entered into the main draw, with the losers waiting to see if they may be awarded lucky loser positions.

Qualifiers opponents in main draw.

(Q) Bjorn Fratangelo vs Teymuraz Gabashvili

(Q) Pierre-Hugues Herbert vs (Q) Jozef Kovalik

(Q) Michael Berrer vs Juan Monaco

(Q) Vincent Millot vs (WC) Mackenzie McDonald

(Q) Peter Polansky vs Fernando Verdasco

John Millman vs (Q) Alexander Sarkissian

Nicolas Mahut vs (Q) Renzo Olivo

(Q) Ryan Harrison vs Dusan Lajovic

Andrey Kuznetsov vs (Q) Marco Trungelliti

(Q) Tim Smyczek vs (WC) Juan Martin Del Potro

Rajeev Ram vs (Q) Noah Rubin


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Why Newly Married Elina Svitolina Has No Plans To Change Her Surname

The Ukrainian explains why she isn’t using her husband’s surname of Monfils just yet as she books her place in the third round at Tokyo 2020.




Just over a week ago Elina Svitolina tied the knot with her long-time partner Gael Monfils at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.


Shortly after the world No.6 took to social media and changed her name on Twitter to Elina Monfils as part of the tradition that the woman takes on the man’s name once they are married. As a consequence, various websites started to identify the Ukrainian under that name. Although she would rather that they don’t do such a thing.

“I don’t know why they changed my surname. Maybe they saw that I had changed it on my social networks,” Svitolina told BTU.
“I’m going to play as Svitolina till the very end of my professional career and will change it only after retirement.”

Svitolina explains she believes it is better if all of her achievements are made under the same name instead of two. So far in her career she has won 15 WTA titles, reached two Grand Slam semi-finals and has earned more than $20.5M in prize money.

I had numerous achievements and people know me as Svitolina. My father would be upset if I changed the surname and played as Monfils,” she joked.
“I am proud to be Svitolina and my tennis career will always be connected with this surname.”

Over the coming week the 26-year-old is hoping to add an Olympic medal to her resume. On Monday Svitolina survived a stern scare after coming back from a set down to defeat Ajla Tomljanović 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and move into the third round of the tournament. Her win came on the day where there were shocks galore in the women’s draw with seeds Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova all crashing out.

Svitolina will play Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the next round whom she has lost to in two out of their three previous meetings.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.




Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.


The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest ever champion at ATP Tour level since Kei Nishikori in 2008




Carlos Alcaraz beat Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-2 in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag becoming the youngest ever champion at ATP Tour level since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori in Delray Beach in 2008 and the youngest Spanish ATP Tour champion since RafaelNadal in Sopot 2004. 


Alcaraz earned his first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead with an inside-in forehand winner and he never looked back by holding his next service games. The Spanish teenager broke serve in the third game as Gasquet made a double fault. Alcaraz converted his third break point in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Gasquet earned three break points but he was not able to convert them. 

“I had a lot of good moments in this tournament. I beat five great tennis players. I think that I grew up a lot in this tournament and  I keep a lot of experience from this tournament. It’s going to be useful for the future”, said Alcaraz. 

Gasquet was aiming to win his first ATP Tour title since s’Hertogenbosch in 2018. 

“It was tough for me to play with his full intensity. I had a tough match yesterday. It was tough, and especially with a guy like Carlos, who is playing really fast with a lot of energy and spin. He is playing unbeievable. He is only 18 and of course he had a great future and Ijust could not play at his level and his intensity”, said Gasquet. 

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