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Jannik Sinner Stages Epic Comeback Against Marathon Man Medvedev To Win Australian Open



Jannik Sinner has become the first Italian player in history to win the Australian Open after staging a staggering comeback to defeat Daniil Medvedev.

The world No.4 won just six out of the first 18 games contested before fighting his way back to prevail 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, over the Russian to claim his first Grand Slam title at the age of 22. Sinner’s heroics have created fresh heartbreak for Medvedev who has previously lost a match from two sets up in the final of the Australian Open back in 2022 against Rafael Nadal.

Sinner, who is the youngest player to win the title since Novak Djokovic in 2008, weathered the storm with the help of 50 winners as he won 66% of his first service points. He has now won 12 out of 13 matches against top 10 players since the conclusion of last year’s Wimbledon Championships. His only loss was to Djokovic at the ATP Finals in Turin.

“I want to thank everyone for making this Slam so special,” said Sinner.
My team, everyone in the box and also those watching from home who work with me. We are trying to get better every day. Even during the tournament, we were trying to get stronger, trying to understand the situation a bit better, so I am so glad to have you there supporting me and understanding me which sometimes is not easy because I am still a little bit young.’

Sunday’s showdown at the Rod Laver Arena was a tale of two halves. At first, Medvedev appeared to be unaffected by the fact he had spent six more hours on the court than Sinner coming into the final. His game plan was to dictate the rallies by being aggressive, standing close to the baseline and going after Sinner’s second serve. This approach paid off for him initially as he sailed to a two-set lead in just over 90 minutes by breaking his opponent four times. 

However, history would repeat itself for Medvedev as Sinner elevated his level and slowly clawed his way back into the match. Hanging tight, he snatched the third set the third set to revive his chances of a maiden Major trophy, doing so after back-to-back errors from from Medvedev’s racket when he was serving 4-5 down.

The challenges still came for Sinner who saved a break point at 3-3 in the fourth set by audatiously hitting an ace. If he had lost that point, Medvedev would have been two games away from victory. Continuing to fight against his increasingly tiring opponent, an eruption of cheers occurred when he forced the match into a decider.

At this stage, Medvedev was nowhere near as dominant as he was at the start. He has played 31 sets at the Australian Open which is a new record. Sinner’s decisive blow occurred six games into the decider when he broke for a 4-2 lead after hitting a cross-court winner. Closing in on victory, he prevailed on his first championship point with a thunderous forehand winner. Prompting him to drop to the floor in disbelief. 

“Daniil congrats to you and your team for an amazing tournament. We’ve played so many amazing finals together, but every match I find something where I can improve and you make me a much better player,” the new champion commented. 
“Your effort has been awesome throughout the whole tournament and the hours off the court and also today, running for every ball, it is remarkable to see.”

Sinner, who was also a good skier at a young age, also paid tribute to the support his family have given him throughout his career. 

“Everyone who is watching from home, especially my family. I wish that everyone could have my parents because they always let me choose whatever. They never put pressure on me. I wish this freedom is possible for as many young kids as possible, so thanks so much to my parents.” He said. 

Meanwhile, Medvedev must wait another year before attempting to claim his first Australian Open title. He has spent more than 24 hours on the court during this year’s tournament which is more than any other player in Grand Slam history. 

“I want to thank my team for supporting me every day and every night. Dasha [his wife] and [daughter] Alisa if you are watching I am sorry I couldn’t make it today but I am going to try next time for you,” said Medvedev
“Just want to thank everyone it’s been an amazing two weeks. It hurts to lose in the final but being in the final is better than losing before. I’m proud of myself and I’m going to try even harder next time.”

Sinner is the first Italian man to win a Grand Slam title since 1976 when Adriano Panatta won the French Open. 


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 Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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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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