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Jannik Sinner Starts Bid For French Open Glory, No.1 Ranking With Straight Sets Win

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Jannik Sinner has begun his quest for a second straight Grand Slam title with a first round victory at the French Open on Monday.

The world No.2 battled his way to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, win over Chris Eubanks in what was their second Tour-level meeting. Sinner’s latest triumph extends his almost perfect start to the season with him winning 29 out of 31 matches contested. Against Eubanks, who has been ranked as high as 29th in the world, he hit 33 winners against 27 unforced errors and saved nine out of 10 break points faced.  

“I’m just happy to be back on court,” said Sinner
“This is a very special tournament for me. Here was the first time where I reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. I have some great memories.
“I’m just trying to build (on his form) every day and I’m happy with this performance.” 

Playing in his first match since pulling out of the Madrid Open due to a hip injury, the second seed began his Paris campaign with a testing opening set against Wimbledon quarter-finalist Eubanks. A player who has struggled in recent months with only four Tour-level wins to his name so far this season. Sinner raced out to a 4-1 lead before getting broken for the first time. Despite the blip, he sealed the opener in just under 40 minutes.

Continuing to tighten his grip on proceedings, it wasn’t long before his rival voiced his frustration after being heard saying to his coach early in the second frame that ‘he has no rhythm on his serve.’ Meanwhile, Sinner stuck to his game plan and showed no signs of any discomfort in his hip. Although there were occasional moments where the Italian hit some below-par shots before swiftly picking himself up again. Something that was best illustrated in the final game of the second set where he saved off a trio of break points. 

The biggest scare for Sinner was his right leg which he was seen holding and moving tentatively towards the closing stages. Nevertheless, he managed to shake off the issue to claim his 12th main draw win in Paris after more than two hours of play. 

“The hip is good, I’m very happy.” He replied when asked about his current fitness. “My team and I were working very hard to be back on court as soon as possible. Without my team, this wouldn’t be possible.
“For sure the general shape is not one hundred percent yet. 
“I’m happy about what I have achieved (so far in his career) but our (Sinner’s team) goal is to improve every day.”

Awaiting him in the second round will be home favourite Richard Gasquet, who produced an impressive straight-sets win over Borna Coric in front of a highly animated home crowd. It will be their third meeting on the Tour which is likely to take place on the premier Philippe Chatrier court later this week.

“To play against Sinner is exceptional,” said Gasquet. 
“So I’ll try and make the most of it and enjoy this great opportunity that I’m given because I’m on the central court. I’ll be on the central court, and this player is amazing.”

Sinner, who turns 23 in August, is on the verge of becoming the first Italian man to claim the ATP No.1 ranking. He currently leads the live standings with rival Novak Djokovic required to reach at least the semi-final stage in Paris to have a chance of maintaining his position. Should he reach the final, the top position will be his regardless of what happens. 

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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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