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Ugo Humbert Says Poor Form Could Be Due To COVID-19 Vaccine, Claims Others Have Experienced Similar

The French tennis player says he suffered from fatigue and was forced to stop playing for three weeks.



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Ugo Humbert believes that his lull in form could be a side effect from having a COVID-19 vaccination but he has been unable to get a definite answer from doctors.

The 23-year-old has managed to win just two matches so far this season against eight losses on the Tour. Although one of those victories was against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Cup. His latest defeat took place in Monte Carlo where he fell 6-4, 7-6(5), to Spain’s Pedro Martinez in the first round.

“It’s a very tough challenge. I had very tough moments. I played many, many matches not feeling well, and I feel I lack confidence,” Humbert told reporters on Tuesday.
“When I felt good there were some points I had no doubts about how to play them and now I start having those thoughts and hesitating, so it’s a very tough challenge.’
“I’m trying to find solutions day after day, and I will try not to think about what happened in the past and just be in the present moment.”

Trying to identify the root of why his form has declined in recent months, the Frenchman said he started to suffer from fatigue shortly after having a vaccination during the second part of 2021. Humbert also tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after playing Richard Gasquet in the first round of the Australian Open.

Asked directly if he believed that the vaccine was behind the problem he has experienced, the world No.48 says it is ‘difficult to say.’ Although he confirmed that a doctor told him it is a possibility but they have been unable to confirm this due to the vaccine being relatively new. Although it has been proven safe by numerous health regulators, including the World Health Organization.

“It’s very difficult to say. I’m absolutely not a doctor. I did all the possible tests, and we found nothing. It was crazy,” he said.
“The doctors said there might be a connection with the vaccine but it was useless to keep searching because we don’t exactly know enough about the vaccine yet.’
“But ten days after my shot in Toronto, of course I had played a lot, but after 45 minutes or one hour, I had cramps everywhere, and at the end of the season it was very tough for me to practice. After an hour I was exhausted. I had to stop for three weeks.”
“I also reacted again to COVID when I was in Australia. I think my body had not recuperated enough.” He added.

Last September veteran player Jeremy Chardy pulled the plug on his season after have a adverse reaction to a vaccination. According to L’Equipe, he said he felt violent pain’ all over his body. He is yet to return to the Tour. Meanwhile, Gael Monfils said he suffered a ‘small health glitch’ which might have been due to his third vaccination. Monfils states that he has no regrets about having the jab.

“I’m not the only athlete. I also heard others talking about it, and I know it can happen,” Humbert commented. “I was part of that situation but I really want to forget about all this. These were tough times. I prefer not to talk about it anymore.”

It is common for there to be possible side effects from any sort of vaccination. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says their approved COVID-19 vaccinations have been evaluated by clinical trials and have met their safety standards. More than 857 million doses have been given to people in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA).

Earlier this year an ATP spokesperson confirmed that 99% of players in the top 100 have recieved at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.


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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