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Tennys Sandgren Apologises Over Gay Club Tweet, Explains Why It Was A ‘Bad Experience’

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Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren has apologised for writing a post on Twitter in which he said his ‘eyes were bleeding’ after visiting a gay club.

The American world No.97 has come under fire for a series of remarks made on Twitter in recent year’s and he has been forced to deny that he supports the alt-right. A movement that features neo-nazis and white supremacists. In reference to homosexuality, he tweeted in December 2012 negative remarks about a gay club he ‘stumbled into.’ Saying that his eyes were ‘bleeding’ and referring to transsexual people as ‘trannies.’

One Twitter user asked the American player why it was a bad experience for him. Sandgren replied saying that he didn’t know the area and people ‘hissed at him multiple times’ when he was at the venue.

In the wake of the controversy, Sandgren has deleted over 3000 tweets from his Twitter account, which has over 12,000 followers. On Thursday he issued a statement apologising specifically about his remarks about the gay club. Describing his words as ‘poor and harsh.’

“In regards to the gay club tweet from 2012, I used poor and harsh words to describe a bad experience, and is not indicative of how I feel about the people in that community. To everyone I offended with that, please accept my apology.” He wrote on social media.

Earlier in the week, former world No.1 Serena Williams called from Sandgren to apologise to the people he has offended. Following Williams’ loss to Sloane Stephens at the 2013 Australian Open, he wrote that it is always ‘a good day when Serena goes down.’ There were also allegations that he called the multiple grand slam champion disgusting, but they were proved to be incorrect. He was being critical of her screaming towards Roberta Vinci during one of her matches.

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Following his loss to Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open, Sandgren hit out at the media. Saying that they have ‘dehumanised’ him as a person. During a statement read in his press conference, he said that the stories about him has been sensationalised. Claiming they have been created by journalists using ‘propaganda machines instead of researching information.’

“You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” he said. “You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonising by way of the collective.
“With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds. To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be.
“You would rather perpetuate propaganda machines instead of researching information from a host of angles and perspectives while being willing to learn, change, and grow.”

Sandgren is set to break into the world’s top 60 next week following his run in Melbourne. Becoming the sixth highest ranked American player on the men’s tour.

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Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard battled past sixth seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-4 1-6 7-6 (9-7) in a thrilling final at the Open Parc tournament in Lyon. 

Mpetchi Perricard saved four break points in the first game of the opening set to hold serve at deuce. Etcheverry converted his third break point in the fifth game and held serve at love to take a 4-2 lead. Mpetchi Perricard won four consecutive games to clinch the first set 6-4. 

Etcheverry broke three times to win the second set 6-1. 

The third set went on serve until the 11th game when Mpetchi Perricard converted his third break point to take a 6-5 lead. Etcheverry broke straight back to draw level to 6-6. Mpetchi Perricard was a point away from defeat at 6-7 in the tie-break of the third set, but he reeled off the final three points to win the tie-break 9-7 on his second championship point. 

Mpetchi Perricard won three Challenger Tour titles this year in Nottingham, Cuernavaca and Acapulco. He beat Lorenzo Sonego, Yoshihito Nishioka, Hugo Gaston and Alexander Bublik en route to his first ATP Tour title in Lyon.

Mpetchi Perricard is the son of footballer player Ghislain Mpetchi, who is of Congolese origin. He sister Daphnée Perricard is also a tennis player. 

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Casper Ruud claimed the third title of his career at the Gonet Geneva Open after his previous triumphs at this tournament in 2021 and 2022. 

Ruud did double duty after rain postponed his semifinal match to Saturday. Ruud saved a match point to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the semifinal. He returned less than three hours to defeat Tomas Machac 7-5 6-3 in the final. Ruud clinched the ATP Tour title of his career. 

Machac went up a break in the third game of the first set to take a 3-1 lead. Ruud won three consecutive games from 4-5 down with two breaks in the first set after Machac committed a double fault while he was holding a set point on serve at 5-4. 

Ruud broke serve in the second game of the second set. The Norwegian player held on his next service games and served out the win on his first match point in 1 hour and 47 minutes. 

Ruud improved to 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches against Machac. “It was a challenging week. All the matches are tough, no matter who will play. It was tough to find a groove. The weather has been a bit challenging all week, but today was fantastic. I feel very happy to win again to win again here in Geneva. It’s been a very good season so far”, said Ruud. 

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Second seed Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in 1 hour and 51 minutes in the semifinal of the Gonet Geneva Open. Ruud set up a final against Tomas Machac, who upset Novak Djokovic 6-4 0-6 6-1 in yesterday’s semifinal.

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Cobolli saved two break points in the first game of the third set before converting his third break point to open up a 3-0 lead. Ruud broke back in the seventh game and held serve to 30 to draw level to 4-4. 

Ruud, who won two titles in Geneva in 2021 and 2022, saved a match point on serve at 4-5 30-40 in the third set. The Norwegian player went up a 4-0 lead with three mini-breaks in the tie-break before going on to seal the win. 

Cobolli hit eight aces and won 67% of his first serve points. The Italian player hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. Ruud hit 12 winners to 6 unforced errors. 

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