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USA sweeps Canada on Day 2 of the ATP Cup

Team USA produced a clean sweep to record their first-ever victory in the history of the competition.



Taylor Fritz (image via

American has won their opening tie at the ATP Cup after John Isner and Taylor Fritz won both their respective singles matches to seal an unassailable lead.

The tie started with a late cxhange to the line-up. Denis Shaspovalov was expected to face John Isner but it was decided he wasn’t ready yet after coming out of isolation on Friday after testing positive for Covid. Insterad, fellow Torontonian Brayden Schnur was chosen to face the 6ft 10 Isner.

Isner rolls past Schnur

Isner served 10 aces and won 70% of his first-serve points in a 6-1, 6-3 win that lasted only 65 minutes as he raced past the world number 238 to give his team the 1-0 lead in the tie.

The North Carolina native got off to the better start holding serve and earned two breakpoints the following game before breaking serve for an early 2-0 lead.

The match stayed on serve until 4-1 when Isner set up two more breakpoints with a stunning forehand winner crosscourt. Cracking under the pressure Schnur double-faulted to give the world number 24 a double break lead and he served out the first set.

The second set stayed on serve until 2-2 when again the American set up two chances to break, this time with his powerful backhand, and broke once again and that break of serve was enough to serve out the match.

“I surprised myself with how well I played out here, You always work hard in the offseason, but you never really know what could happen in that first match of the year.” Isner said after the match.

Fritz outlasts Auger Aliassime

In the second rubber California native Taylor Fritz took on world number 11 Felix Auger Aliassime. The match went the distance with the American finaly prevailing 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Fritz served 12 aces and won 78% of his first-serve points in a match that lasted two hours and 28 minutes.

Both players did a good job holding serve and the opener needed to be decided by a tiebreaker in which the American jumped out to a 5-1 lead but the Montreal native stormed back by saving four set points and winning two more points to seal the first set.

Fritz was keen to play better in the second and he did get the early break for a 2-1 lead. That one break of serve was enough for him to serve out the second set and force a deciding third set.

The decider was a battle and it stayed on serve until 3-3 when again it was Fritz who had the crucial break of serve as the Canadian seemed to wilt and he went on to serve out the match.

In his on-court interview, Fritz spoke about how he felt he had improved and was very happy to seal the USA’s first-ever win at the ATP Cup after failing to get a win last year.

“I played well the whole time and I felt I finished last year playing my best plus a good offseason playing great tennis so I played well today,” he said.
I played good in the first and let it slip away from me but I kinda kept the level up and was able to close out the next two sets”.

USA shuts out Canada

In the final match, Isner and Fritz joined forces in the doubles match beating the Canadia duo of Auger Aliassime and Shapovalov 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 11 minutes.

The Americans fired 33 winners, served eight aces and didn’t lose a single service game to complete the tie and finish with a 3-0 win. Next up for Team USA is Germany on Tuesday while Canada will face Great Britain.

Only one team from the group will advance to the next round and it was a perfect start to the tournament for the US while Canada will look to bounce back after a tough outing.


Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Carlos Alcaraz Still Owns A Magical Racket



The legend of Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket lives on.

The 21-year-old Spaniard executed one magical shot after another with his racket and legs  Sunday afternoon in the French Open final. That bit of magic spelled defeat for Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

This was a final to remember, one of the great matches of all the Grand Slams. It just wasn’t in the cards for the 26-year-old Zverev to finally win a Grand Slam title.


Both players seemed to play a game of “he had it and then he didn’t.”

Alcaraz appeared to have everything under control in the first set, but Zverev rushed through the second set and then made a comeback from 5-2 down in the third set to win five straight games.

Zverev had everything going for him when he started the fourth set with a two-set advantage. It appeared that all the 6-6 Zverev had to do was to continue playing his masterful game of big serves and mighty ground strokes.

But Zverev couldn’t get started in the fourth set until he was down 4-0. So much for a smooth and easy ride to a Grand Slam title. By then, the magic of Alcaraz was heating up.


Zverev still had his chances, even when he fell behind 2-1 in the fifth set. He had to feel pretty good about his chances when he took a triple break point lead against Alcaraz’s serve and appeared ready to even the set at 2-2. Even after Carlos came up with a winner to bring the  game score to double break point.

Zverev still was ready to even the entire match.

That’s when everything seemed to go haywire for the German, while all the while, Alcaraz was able to repeatedly come up with his magical shots as the Spaniard made critical shots that looked almost impossible to make.


Everything for Zverev was lost in the magical racket of Alcaraz.

What was then initially called a game-ending Alcaraz double fault and a 2-2 deadlock quicky reversed itself and Alcaraz stayed alive by winning the next three points while taking a 3-1 advantage.

Zverev did get back to a 3-2 deficit and had a break point in the sixth game, but that was it for the hopes of Zverev. The last two games went rather easily in favor of Alcaraz to wrap up a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory for Alcaraz.

That moved the Spaniard to a higher level of success on the ATP Tour. He became the youngest man to win Grand Slam titles on all of the different surfaces, clay, grass and hard courts.

Carlos Alcaraz and his magical racket appear to be headed for greatness.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open



Stefanos Tsitsipas and his brother Petros have been fined more than 20,000 euros for multiple violations of the coaching rules at this year’s French Open. 

The brothers received a financial penalty during three different matches that they played in. Two of those were in the second and third rounds of the men’s doubles tournament. Furthermore, Stefanos was also penalised during his singles quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, all three of those fines were issued as a result of coaching rules being broken.

Ironically, coaching is allowed during matches at the French Open but certain rules must be followed. ‘Verbal’ coaching can only be issued from the coaches and their team if they are sitting in the designated player’s box. Instructions must be limited to a few words and can only be given if the player is in the same half of the court as their coach. Although non-verbal coaching is allowed regardless of what side the player is on. Finally, players can’t start a conversation with their coach unless it is during a medical break, a bathroom break or when their opponent is changing clothes.

However, the Tsitsipas brothers have been found in violation of these rules, which is likely due to their animated father in the stands who is also their coach. Apostolos Tsitsipas has been given coaching violations in the past at other events, including the 2022 Australian Open. 

The value of the fines are €4,600 and €9,200 for the Tsitsipas brothers in the doubles, as well as an additional €7,400 just for Stefanos in the singles. In total, the value of their fines is €21,200. However, the penalty is unlikely to have an impact on the duo whose combined earnings for playing in this year’s French Open amount to roughly €495,000. 

So far in the tournament, the highest single fine to be issued this year was against Terence Atmane who hit a ball out of frustration that struck a fan in the stands. Atmane, who later apologised for his actions, managed to avoid getting disqualified from the match. Instead, he was fined €23,000. 

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