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Stan Wawrinka’s Warning To Rune After Fiery Encounter At Indian Wells

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Holger Rune is an extremely talented player who is at risk of creating a bad reputation for himself that he will regret in the future, according to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. 

Wawrinka locked horns with Rune on Monday at Indian Wells where the Swiss veteran prevailed 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5, to seal a place in the fourth round. The clash was a roller-coaster encounter which saw Rune recover from a 3-5 deficit in the second set to force a decider before getting broken in the penultimate game of the match which enabled the world No.100 to secure victory. A total of 75 winners were produced during the match with 43 of those coming from Wawrinka. 

The showdown was the first time the two have met on the Tour since last year’s Paris Masters which was also a tense encounter. At the end of that match, Wawrinka was heard on camera telling his younger opponent ‘“My advice to you is that you stop acting like a baby on court” after he was bemused by the behaviour of the Dane. 

Wawrinka’s comment was something Rune didn’t forget with him making his own remark following their Indian Wells meeting. When they approached the net to shake hands, the world No.8 decided that it was his turn to take a swipe. 

“You’ve got nothing to say now?” Rune was heard saying to his rival.

However, Wawrinka refused to get drawn into a confrontation and replied “What do you want me to say?” Some other words appeared to have been exchanged between the two but the on-court microphone failed to pick them up. 

Quizzed about the exchange during his press conference, Wawrinka spoke highly of his rival before issuing him with a warning for the future. 

“There is not much to say there,” the 37-year-old commented on their latest words at the net.
“The only thing I can add is that he (Rune) is a young player, a very great champion with enormous potential. But he is making a reputation in the locker rooms that one day he will regret.”

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Inevitably the tense exchange has caught the eye of the fans with these being various comments on social media. One of which was from Nick Kyrgios who wrote on Instagram ‘haha yea all good when you win…typical. Holger Rune with you my brother.’ Wawrinka and Kyrgios had previously been involved in a heated exchange that took place during the 2015 Canadian Masters where the Australian was heard saying to his opponent ‘Kokkinakios banged your girlfriend’ during their match. 

Meanwhile, Rune posted an Instagram story in which he hit out at those who make negative or insulting comments towards him. 

“Before you write hate or sh***y comments on my or any account your should be aware of how the majority read your comment and see you as unintelligent…” Rune wrote.
“Harsh judgements are handed out so people feel better about themselves, but everyone (if of average or above average intelligence) can see that they are hurting and have been brought down by something that has them feeling defensive (jealousy)- so they become critical of others hoping to restore their self-esteem. Needless to say with no luck.”

The Dane also wrote a similar statement on Twitter which was in defence of Wawrinka when one user wrote the word ‘prick’ under a post by the ATP regarding Wawrinka’s win. However, in a reply to another user who used a meme with the word ‘loser’ towards him, he wrote ‘Did you also send that to Stan when he lost to me in three sets in Paris? Or are you just being an idiot against me?“

It is safe to say that there is little chance of Wawrinka and Rune teaming up to play doubles anytime soon. 

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

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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

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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.

HE HAD IT, THEN HE DIDN’T

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.

MAGIC OF ALCARAZ 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.

ALCARAZ HEADED FOR GREATNESS

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 Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Tsitsipas Brothers Hit With Trio Of Fines At French Open

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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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