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Patrick Mouratoglou Opens a New Tennis Centre in Dubai

Bianca Andreescu will be training for the Australian Open at the new facility, sponsored by luxury hotel chain Jumeirah.

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On Tuesday, Patrick Mouratoglou launched the “Mouratoglou Tennis Center Jumeirah” in Dubai. The French coach already heads a very successful Academy in Cote d’Azur, but is trying to expand his brand via a commercial deal struck with Jumeirah, a big player in the business of luxury accommodations. The coach of Serena Williams promised that this new facility won’t be the last one opened under his aegis: “We are more than ready to take the next step in sharing our passion and expertise beyond our borders. This ‘Mouratoglou Tennis Center Jumeirah’ is the first of many more to come.”

 

The facility is slated to become an essential off-season hub for many top players, thanks to the presence of starred hotels like the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the Medinat Jumeirah, where many have sojourned in the past, including Roger Federer, who has often prepared for the Australian Open in the United Arab Emirates because of the mild, favourable weather. The players who are already training at the new Tennis Centre include a resurgent Bianca Andreescu, who has missed the entire 2020 season after winning the 2019 US Open, as well as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Kristina Mladenovic and Fiona Ferro.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis wins his first career title in Adelaide

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Australian star Thanasi Kokkinakis came back from one set down to edge Arthur Rinderknech 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 in his home city after 2 hours and 38 minutes in the final of the Adelaide International 2. 

 

The match was dominated by serve. Kokkinakis hit 18 aces and won 90% of his first serve points. Neither player was able to earn a single break point or a mini-break until the final point of the first set tie-break, when Rinderknech sealed it as Kokkinakis hit a crosscourt forehand into the net. 

The second set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rinderknech earned an early mini-break at the start of the second tie-break. Kokkinakis rallied from 0-2 down to take a 5-2 lead with three mini-breaks. Rinderknech pulled one mini-break for 3-5,  but Kokkinakis closed out the tie-break 7-5 on his third set point. 

Kokkinakis earned two breaks in the first and ninth games to seal the third set 6-3.  

Kokkinakis reached a career-high of number 69 at the age of 19-year-old player in 2015. This week he came through a three tie-break match against John Isner in the first round and beat Alexander Vukic in a three-set match in the quarter final and a 2-point tie-break against Marin Clic in the semifinal en route to the final. 

“I would not want to win my first title anywhere else. To my family, friends and coaches, what a ride it’s been. You have seen me at my lowest lows and now the highest high. It’s been a serious journey. For now I am so happy. I have been playing on this court since I was eight or nine years,  old, coming here before school every day. I love this court so much”, said Kokkinakis. 

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Aslan Karatsev claims his third career title after a straight-set win over Andy Murray in Sydney

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Aslan Karatsev beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-2 to seal the third ATP Tour title in his career at the Sydney Tennis Classic. 

 

Karatsev has won three of his four career ATP Tour finals in Dubai, Moscow and Sydney and finished runner-up to Matteo Berrettini in Belgrade in 2021. Last year the Russian player came through the qualifying round to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open on his debut. He reached a career-high World number 15 after winning his second career title in Moscow last October. He beat Lorenzo Sonego and Daniel Evans in three sets to reach the Sydney final this week. 

“First of all, congratulations to Andy. It’s a big effort to come back, to play unbelievable this week. I want to congratulate your team. Thank you very much to my team. We are doing an amazing job. Thank you very much to everybody here for coming to support. It was an unbelievable atmosphere in a difficult situation. It’s a difficult time to make this tournment happen, so thank you to everyone”, said Karatsev. 

Karatsev earned his first break in Murray’s first service game and consolidated it with a hold at love. The world number 20 hit 14 winners to 4 unforced errors in the opening set. 

Karatsev sealed the first set 6-3 with a double break, as Murray made two double faults. 

Karatsev broke Murray for the third time at the start of the second set to take a 2-0 lead. Murray hit an ace in the fourth game to claw his way back to 1-3 and earned his first break points of the match in the fifth game. Karatsev saved five break points in a 13-minute fifth game to hold serve for 4-1. Karatsev made a double fault on his first match point, but he closed out the win on his second opportunity after 91 minutes. Murray reached his first final since October 2019. 

“I would like to congratulate Aslan on a fantastic week. I know he also arrived here late in Australia. He was recovering from Covid, so it’s even more impressive to come back straight away and play at that level. Good job and all the best for the Aussie Open”, said Murray.  

John Peers and and Filip Polasek beat 2015 Australian Open doubles champions Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 7-5 7-5 in the doubles final. Peers won the 24th doubles final of his career. Polasek claimed 17 titles, including last year’s Australian Open trophy with Ivan Dodig. 

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Madison Keys beats Alison Riske to win the sixth title of her career in Adelaide

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Former top 10 player Madison Keys cruised past her compatriot Alison Riske 6-1 6-2 in 66 minutes in the final of the Adelaide international 2 to claim the sixth WTA Tour title in her career. 

 

Keys never faced a break point in the final and dropped just 14 points in eight service games. She earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games of the first set and in the first and seventh games of the second set. 

Keys has improved her record in WTA singles titles to 6-5. The US player, who entered the Adelaide tournament at World number 87, will return to the top 60 by winning this title. The 2015 Australian Open semifinalist beat three seeds Elina Svitolina, Liudmila Samsonova and Coco Gauff earlier this week. She needed three sets to beat Samsonova in the quarter final and Gauff in the semifinal. 

Keys has extended her lead to 6-1 in her seven head-to-head matches against Riske. Keys won four of their previous head-to-head matches in three sets and one in straight sets with the scoreline of 6-2 6-2 in Rome in 2014. 

“I am really happy with how today went. I think I started really well and just had the momentum. There were a couple of opportunities where the momentum could have switched, and I think I did a really good job of regrouping and continuing to focus on my side of the court. I am really happy to get the win”, said Keys. 

Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya saved a match point in the second set to beat Tereza Martincova and Marketa Vondrousova 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 10-7 in the match tie-break in the doubles final. Hozumi and Ninomiya were playing their first final as a team since they finished runner-up in the 2018 Roland Garros doubles final. 

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