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Second seed Adam Pavlasek falls in French Open Qualifying

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Young Norwegian Casper Ruud kept his composure to progress in a round where eleven seeds fell.

  • Seeds out: (2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 23, 26, 27, 30.)

Second seed Adam Pavlasek was the highest casualty of the first round of French Open Qualifying. The twenty-two year-old Czech fell to Germany’s Daniel Masur 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

 

It has been a torrid start to 2017 for Pavlasek, who has only once won back-to-back matches at one tournament this year. He reached the semi-finals of the Ostrava Challenger.

Of the eight French wildcards in Qualifying all but two suffered first round exits. Gleb Sakharov and Maxime Hamou progressed, but Gregoire Barrere, Geoffrey Blancaneaux, Jonathan Eysseric, Calvin Hemery, Constant Lestienne, and Corentin Moutet all fell. Moutet gave a strong showing against American Stefan Kozlov.

Top seed Marius Copil was in action on Monday and the Romanian seemed in control after winning the first seven games against Denis Shapovalov. The Next Gen star rallied to take the second set before Copil eventually won 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

Third seed Facundo Bagnis was forced to retire from his match with Nicolas Jarry when trailing 2-5. Fourth and fifth seeds Taro Daniel and Norbert Gombos both won their respective matches in straight sets against Hiroki Moriya and Jason Jung.

In-form Thomas Fabbiano’s winning streak ended at ten when he lost to Tatsuma Ito. This week he kept the losing streak going with his second first round exit by losing 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Seventh seed Henri Laaksonen followed by crashing out to American Dennis Novikov 6-2, 6-3.

Eighth seed Marco Cecchinato and Ninth seed Santiago Giraldo both recorded straight sets wins against Ricardo Bellotti and Grega Zemlja.

Tenth seed Alessandro Giannessi secured his place in round two of qualifying with a straight sets win over Calvin Hemery, but eleventh seed Lukas Lacko lost 6-4, 6-2 to Canada’s Steven Diez.

There is no place in the second round for twelfth seed Andrej Martin, who lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Swed Elias Ymer. In form Marton Fucsovics knocked out fourteenth seed Darian King 6-4, 6-2. Casper Ruud will feature after the nineteenth seed defeated Yannick Reuter 6-3, 6-2.

Gerald Melzer took a welcome win against Constant Lestienne, and French veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu shrugged off his wildcard snub to beat Tatsuma Ito 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. Young Korean Duckhee Lee suffered an early exit when he was beaten by Spain’s Ricardo Ojeda Lara.

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Carlos Alcaraz dreams to become world number 1 player

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Carlos Alcaraz is getting ready to the first Grand Slam tournament of his career at the age of 17 at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne. 

 

The Spanish teenager has clear ideas about his future goals. 

“I dream to become the world number 1 and play matches, which will go down in the history of tennis. I watch videos from past Wimbledon matches of Rafa, Novak and Roger many times and Imagine that I will take part at this tournament in the future. It’s very special to play on grass courts. It would be incredible to win the Wimbledon tournament”, said Alcaraz. 

Alcaraz is currently keeping fit in the bubble created in his hotel in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, which will start on 8 February. The player coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero wants to set high goals, but he is aware that he needs to contunue his career step by step. Alcaraz climbed six places in the ATP Ranking to world number 135 and he has the chance to improve his ranking if he advances through the rounds at the Australian Open. 

“The main goal is to finish the 2021 season in the top 50. I would like to play in the Masters 1000 in Madrid and in the Barcelona tournament. It would be nice to train with Rafa and Novak. I have already had the chance to train with Roger, but I am shy and I could not speak English very well. I was not able to talk with him. I think I have tennis and I would say that I have the maturity to face any player. I try to handle situation as well as possible and I am doing well. I don’t look at points much, I have it apart. I am going to Australia to improve and grow as a player and a person. I must not go too much. Whatever comes is welcome, but I still have a lot of room”. 

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Paula Badosa tested positive for Covid-19

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Paula Badosa Gilbert posted on her social media channels that she was tested positive for Covid-19. 

 

The 23-year-old Spanish player, who won the French Open Junior title in 2015, had been quarantining in Melbourne under the mandatory 14-rule after a couple of co-passengers in her flight to Melbourne had tested positive for the coronavirus when they arrived in Melbourne. 

The world number 67 was one of the 72 players forced to isolate in their hotel rooms after passengers on three separate charter flights to Melbourne tested positive. 

Badosa is symptomatic and has been shifted to a different hotel. She is the first player to be tested pasitive to Covid-19 after travelling to Melbourne. 

“I will try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors. I have been taken to a health hotel to self-isolate and be monitored. Thanks for your support. We will be back stronger”, said Badosa. 

Badosa made two appearances at the Australian Open in 2019 and 2020. She reached  her best result in Melbourne last year, when she got through to the second round, losing to former finalist Petra Kvitova. The list of players forced to isolate include two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori. 

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Belgrade will host an ATP Tour event in 2021 following Budapest relocation

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Belgrade will host an ATP Tour tournament for the first time since 2012. The Hungarian Open, who was hosted in Budapest on clay court from 2017 to 2019 and is traditionally held during the European clay-court season, will be relocated to Belgrade from 2021. This tournament was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Belgrade will host the Serbia Open from 19 to 25 April 2021 under a lease agreement between licence owner Ion Tiriac and new event organisers Tara 16s, led by Tournament Director Djordie Djokovic, the younger brother of Novak Djokovic, who won two editions of the ATP 250 tournament in 2009 and 2011.

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