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Denis Shapovalov Falls To Yu Wibing In Dallas

The Chinese scored his biggest career win so far by beating the number three seed.



Denis Shapovalov (CAN) - Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Yu Wibing is into the quarterfinals of the 2023 Dallas Open after stunning Denis Shapovalov 7-6(1), 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes.

The world number 97 served two aces and won 67% of his first serve points in a match that went back and forth for two entertaining sets of tennis to the delight of the fans.

“I have been playing great tennis,” Yu said afterwards. ” I am glad I made it and hopefully I can keep playing well”.

Wu got off to the best possible start by holding the opening service game with ease and putting pressure right away on the Toronto native who got off to a slower start. Wu ended up breaking the world number 27 to love and jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Shapovalov started fighting back by winning the next three games. With little to separate the two, the opener went into a tiebreaker.

The world number 97 got an early break in the breaker to lead 2-0. From there he jumped out a 5-1 lead before winning the breaker 7-1 to seal the first set.

The second set was similar to the first as Wu broke Shapovalov’s serve in the opening game but again the Canadian responded to level the set at 2-2. At 3-3 Wu had two more breakpoints and at the second time of asking was able to break serve once again with a powerful forehand winner that caught the number three seed off guard.

That break was enough for the Chinese player to serve out the match and secure the biggest win of his career so far. Afterwards, he spoke briefly about his journey in the sport so far.

“It has given me a lot of personal experience and I feel I matured more because of that I play good tennis,” he said. “I also enjoy it more and I need to thank my team because they keep me healthy and positive”.

Wu will now play the winner of the second-round match between Adrian Mannarino and Jordan Thompson in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Day 3 results

Day 3 at the Dallas Open featured some first and second-round matches as players looked to advance in the tournament.

Earlier in the night the number two seed Frances Tiafoe had no issues getting past his fellow American Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 in a mere 58 minutes on court.

The number six seed JJ Wolf beat Radu Albot in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 in one hour and 48 minutes while the German Oscar Otte ousted another American Christopher Eubanks 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Emilio Gomez of Ecuador needed three sets to beat the Lucky Loser from Canada Gabriel Diallo 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 in two hours and 42 minutes while Daniel Altmaier beat qualifier Zachary Svajda 6-2, 6-4.

Day 4 preview

Thursday will feature five matches in the round of 16 and the day will begin on Stadium Court with the number four seed Miomir Kecmanovic facing Emilio Gomez.

Then Jordan Thompson will face Adrian Mannarino followed by the number five seed John Isner facing Altmaier.

In the night session, the top seed Taylor Fritz will face the American wild card Jack Sock. The final match of the day will feature the number seven seed Marcus Giron taking on another German Oscar Otte.


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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