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Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden seal decisive doubles win over France in Hamburg



Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden beat Nicholas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech in the decisive doubles match to secure Australia a 2-1 win over France in Hamburg.


World number 79 Richard Gasquet beat Jason Kubler 6-2 6-4 at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals Group Stage. 

Gasquet broke twice in the first and seventh games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Gasquet converted his third break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Kubler broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Gasquet earned his second break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead.

Kubler, won his first Davis Cup match against Zizou Bergs in the 3-0 win over Belgium, saved five match points before losing the match in straight sets. Kubler earned two break points in the 10th game, but Gasquet hit an ace down the T on the sixth match point.    

Alex De Minaur edged past Benjamin Bonzi 6-3 1-6 6-4 in 2 hours and 10 minutes to draw the tie level to 1-1. 

De Minaur broke twice in the second and sixth games to take a 5-1 lead. Bonzi pulled one break back at love in the seventh game for 2-5. Bonzi saved two break points to hold serve for 5-3. De Minaur served out the first set at deuce after saving a break point. 

Bonzi broke twice in the second and sixth games to seal the second set 6-3. The Frenchman broke serve in the third game and held his next service games to take a 4-2 lead. De Minaur won the final four games with two breaks of serve to seal the third set 6-4.   

Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell beat Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech 6-4 6-4 in the decisive doubles match boosting the Australian hopes of reaching the Final 8. Purcell and Ebden won the men’s doubles title at Wimbledon. 

“Delivering on behalf of your nation in such tight matches, when it really matters, is what it is all about. I have been lucky to be around Davis Cup for 10 years now, while I have been known Lleyton Hewitt since I was 17”, said Ebden.

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Ons Jabeur’s Latest Withdrawal Raises Doubts Over Season Ambitions

Ons Jabeur will be hoping to re-energize herself ahead of a big few months in her career.



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Ons Jabeur’s latest withdrawal in Dubai has raised doubts over how successful the Tunisian can be this season.


Despite having high hopes for revitalizing her season in Dubai, Ons Jabeur has had another setback in 2024.

The Tunisian was forced to withdraw from one of her favourite tournaments of the year in Dubai due to a knee injury.

This withdrawal came days after Jabeur said she was ready for the challenge in Dubai and was excited to compete in front of a passionate crowd in Dubai.

In a statement Jabeur explained her injury and why she was unable to compete in Dubai this week, “After consultation of my doctors and team we have decided that I will have to withdraw from Dubai this week and go for more medical treatments,” Jabeur was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Looking forward to reconnect with all on the courts for the US swing. Thank you for your continuous support.”

This latest setback isn’t a coincidence though as Jabeur has struggled with injuries ever since her Wimbledon final.

The mental and physical toll that the last eight months have taken of Jabeur are starting to show.

There doesn’t seem to be a plan in place as Jabeur has been open about her mental health struggles since that comprehensive defeat to Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon.

That’s a potential problem for Jabeur going forwards as it continues to get tougher for the world number six to find motivation going forwards.

A long break away from tennis may be beneficial for Jabeur as it feels like this summer may be the Tunisian’s last opportunity at Grand Slam glory.

An innovative and new approach may be required for Jabeur as her physical and mental stamina continues to fade with every week.

However will Jabeur manage reinvent herself before it’s too late? Only time will tell and SW19 may be the final destination in that bid.

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Iga Swiatek ‘Proud’ After Claiming Doha Title

World number one Iga Swiatek won her 18th career title in Doha.



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Iga Swiatek defeated Elena Rybakina 7-6(8) 6-2 to claim the title in Doha.


The world number one sealed an 18th career title with a straight sets win over Rybakina.

Swiatek had previously struggled to beat the Kazakh and that continued at the start of the opening set with the Pole conceding a double break deficit at 4-1.

However Swiatek was resilient as she won four games in a row to get back on track in the opening set.

Rybakina broke in the eleventh game and had the opportunity to serve for the opening set but couldn’t take the opportunity.

In the tiebreak, Swiatek converted her fourth set point as she claimed a mammoth tiebreak 10-8.

After that Swiatek seized control as she broke twice after saving two break points in the second game.

The Pole held comfortably to claim her maiden title of the 2024 season in what was her first tournament since a third round exit at the Australian Open.

In her-post match speech Swiatek admitted that she is proud of her performance in Doha this week, “You don’t even know hard it was not to think about it,” Swiatek was quoted by France 24 as saying after winning her 13th match in Doha.

“I came here and was pretty stressed because I felt the expectations. I wanted to do everything step by step like I always do. I’m really happy. I’m really proud of myself.”

Swiatek will now look to continue that form in Dubai next week where she takes on either Sloane Stephens or Clara Burel in her opening round match.

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Ons Jabeur Ready For Dubai Challenge Despite Injury Struggles

Ons Jabeur is looking to overcome injury struggles and revitalize her form in Dubai.



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Ons Jabeur is looking to be ready for Dubai this week after struggling with injuries this season.


The year could have started better for the Wimbledon finalist who continues to struggle with injuries.

Having struggled with knee injuries, Jabeur enters Dubai in very inconsistent form as she went out in the first round in Doha to Lesia Tsurenko.

However despite recent struggles Jabeur seems determined to continue working on solutions as she prepares for the upcoming challenge in Dubai.

Speaking ahead of the event in Dubai Jabeur reflected on her recent retirement to Tsurenko, “I think it’s the worst decision you can take because my heart wants to play and my body is not allowing me so much,” Jabeur told The National.

“I feel like I need to take the right decision and sometimes you have to take decisions where your heart is not agreeing with it. But all I know is that I’m doing my best to be ready for this tournament and be ready to play here and compete in front of amazing fans.”

The Tunisian will look to pick up form in what should be an incredible atmosphere for Jabeur in Dubai.

In recent tournaments there have been football-like atmosphere for Jabeur in Dubai and that’s something she is looking to capitalise on, “I think everybody knows the match against Simona was unbelievable,” Jabeur reflected on her epic match with Simona Halep in Dubai in 2020.

“We got the Tunisian fans, the Arab fans and the Romanian fans. So it was unbelievable. I would never forget that match because it was right before Covid and after that the crowd completely disappeared so I always tried to think about that match when the stadium was empty.”

Jabeur has a first round BYE in Dubai and will play a qualifier in the second round before potentially facing the in-form Jelena Ostapenko in the third round.

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