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Benoit Paire sets up Marrakesh final against three-time champion Pablo Andujar



Benoit Paire came back from one set down to beat his compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2-6 6-4 6-3 in the all-French semifinal at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakesh setting up a final against defending champion Pablo Andujar, who eased past Gilles Simon 6-1 6-1.


Tsonga came back from 30-40 to earn his first break in the second game for 2-0. He held a tough service game in the seventh game after two deuces before closing out the 33-minute first set with a double break in the eighth game.

Paire went up a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. This was the first time Tsonga dropped his serve this week. Paire went double break in the seventh game to open up a 5-2 lead.

Tsonga pulled one of the two breaks back at love in the eighth game and held his service game at 30. Paire served out the second set at 15 in the 10th game.

Tsonga came back from 0-30 down to hold his serve and went up a break in the fourth game of the decisive set to take a 3-1 lead, but Paire broke straight back in the fifth game. Paire got a second consecutive break in the seventh game and held his serve at love to take  a 5-3 lead. Tsonga saved four match points before double faulting to face a fifth match point. Paire sealed the third set after a forehand error from Tsonga.

Paire has reached his first final since Metz 2017 and will be bidding to win the second title of his career four years after his first triumph in Bastad 2015 on clay.

“He played well at the beginning and I was struggling with the sun. I am very happy that I won today because this is the first time I beat him”, said Paire.

Paire will face Pablo Andujar, who lost just two games in his 6-1 6-1 win over Gilles Simon. The Spaniard, who underwent three elbow surgeries, won the Marrakesh title for the third time in his career in 2018 becoming the lowest ranked player to win an ATP Tour title since Lleyton Hewitt in 1998. Andujar had previously won two  consecutive editions of the Moroccan tournament in 2011 and 2012.

Andujar broke twice to race out to a 4-0 in the opening set before Simon got his first game on the scoreboard in the fifth game. Andujar broke for the third set with a forehand down the line to close out the first set 6-1.

The Spaniard went up a double break in the fourth and sixth games to race out to a 5-1 lead. He saved a break point, when he was serving for the match, and held his serve at deuce to seal the second set.

“The tournament is very strong this year with a lot of good players. My goal is to win tomorrow. After my injury I have always said that my goal is to sty healthy. I want to win tomorrow and I will give my best. I won’t be the favourite but I played well today and have nothing to lose”,said Andujar.

Paire has won all his three head-to-head matches against Andujar, but they have not met since 2013.


Beatriz Haddad Maia Provisionally Suspended After Testing Positive For SARMS

Top 100 player Beatriz Haddad Maia has been provisionally suspended after being caught under the ITF Anti-Doping Programme.



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World number 99 Beatriz Haddad Maia has been provisionally suspended by the ITF for testing positive for the drug SARMS. 


The incident in question involves the WTA 125k event in Bol, Croatia where the Brazilian’s urine sample was found to contain two types of the SARM drug.

Currently ranked 99, Haddad Maia lost in the opening round to Sara Sorriibes Tormo at the event in Croatia and with immediate effect has been suspended.

In their statement the ITF said that the 23 year-old had been suspended under article 8.1.3(c) of the Anti-Doping Programme.

“Ms. Haddad Maia, a 23-year-old player from Brazil, provided a urine sample on 4 June 2019 in association with her participation in the WTA Croatia Bol Open held in Bol, Croatia from 3 June to 9 June,” the ITF said in the statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“That sample was sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain SARM S-22 and SARM LGD-4033 metabolite. SARM S-22 and SARM LGD-4033 are Non-Specified substances, which are prohibited under category S1 of the 2019 WADA Prohibited List (Anabolic Agents), and therefore are also prohibited under the Programme. Positive tests for Non-Specified Substances carry a mandatory Provisional Suspension.”

It is understood that Haddad Maia will appeal her case and is now the third Brazilian to be caught under the Anti-Doping programme after Thomaz Bellucci and Joao Souza.

Recently Haddad Maia had beaten former world number one Garbine Muguruza at Wimbledon before losing to Harriet Dart in the next round.

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Jack Sock Feeling Refreshed Ahead Of Tennis Return In Atlanta

Jack Sock is feeling ready to go ahead of his return to Tennis in Atlanta on Tuesday evening.



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Jack Sock is feeling refreshed and raring to go as he looks to make his return to Tennis this week in Atlanta. 


After missing six months of action due to two torn ligaments in his thumb, Jack Sock is ready to make his return this week in Atlanta.

Although the injury was frustrating, Sock sees it as a blessing in disguise as he finished 2018 with a 8-22 record in singles, “It’s very unfortunate to get injured obviously, but I think it was potentially the biggest blessing in disguise for my career,” Sock told

“So to be able to take those months and get a new mentality, enjoy playing the sport again and get excited about playing and come back out, I’ll be ready to fire.” 

Even though Sock is making his return to action this week in singles and doubles, the American admits that it will take a while for the thumb to loosen up, “It’s still a little stiff,” Sock said.

“I was hoping to maybe start a little bit earlier than this and maybe have played a couple tournaments leading into the US Open Series, but you don’t realise how much you need your thumb in daily life and in tennis and how I hold it, the forehand was the last thing I was able to do.”

Now the two-time doubles grand slam champion is feeling refreshed and is looking forward to the challenge of being the underdog, “Overall I feel very refreshed. I’m excited to play again, which I haven’t been able to say that in a long time,” he explained.

“I’m definitely excited to get out there and compete again. I’m just going to go play tennis for the first time in a while. I’m just going to go be happy on the court and enjoy playing and I’ll be the underdog now, which will be nice.

“I’ll be the ranking underdog and be able to go out and play free and have a smile on my face. If I win, amazing. If I don’t win, I’m out there playing again. It’s not going to bother me.”

The 26 year-old is now 180 in the world in singles as he looks to reclaim some of the form that got him to the ATP World Tour Finals in 2017 and 2018 in doubles.

It will be a testing first round for Sock as he plays talented Serbian and Antalya finalist Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round at 7pm local time on Tuesday evening.


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Rudolf Molleker knocks out two-time champion Leonardo Mayer in Hamburg



German 18-year-old Next Gen player Rudolf Molleker knocked out 2014 and 2017 Hamburg champion Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes at the Hamburg European Open.


Molleker beat Mayer in 2017 in the Hamburg qualifying round, but Mayer got a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser and went on to win the title.

Molleker fended off all three break points in two consecutive games of the first set, before saving two set points in the tie-break. He sealed the second set with a single break.

The German teenager saved two break points in the seventh game with two service games with two service winners and one more chance in the ninth game to set up a tie-break. Mayer took the lead twice at 6-5 and 8-7, but Molleker saved both chances with two winners and sealed the tie-break on the 18th point after a double fault from Mayer.

Molleker earned an early break at the start of the second set and held his service games in the next games before sealing the win with a service winner at 5-4 to secure his spot in the round of 16.

Marton Fucsovics cruised past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-0 dropping just 16 points on serve. Fucsovics got an early break in the fourth game to clinch the opening set 6-3. The Hungarian player broke three times in a one-sided second set and sealed the win with a service winner.

Andrey Rublev, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon and Umag, edged this year’s Munich and Houston champion Christian Garin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) after 1 hour and 39 minutes to score his second win over the Chilean player this year. Rublev broke three times to seal the opening set 6-4. The Russian player got the break back at 4-5 in the second set to set up a tie-break, which he sealed 7-5.

Jeremy Chardy came back from losing the first set to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-3 after 2 hours and 34 minutes. Paire fended off a set point at 4-5 in the opening set to clinch the tie-break 7-4. Paire got a late break in the second set, but Chardy won two games at 5-5 to force the match to the third set. Chardy went up a double break to seal the third set 6-3.

Martin Klizan converted all five break points to cruise past Daniel Altmaier 6-2 6-2.

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