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Jakub Mensik beats Fabio Fognini to reach the quarter final in Mallorca



Czech teenager Jakub Mensik rallied from one set down to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6 6-3 7-5 at the Mallorca Championships earning his second consecutive three-set win. One day earlier Mensik became the youngest match winner in tournament history with his win over defending champion Christopher Eubanks. 

Mensik hit 11 aces and won 80% of his first serve points. 

Mensik broke in the fourth game to take a 4-1 lead in the first set. Fognini won five consecutive games with two breaks of serve to win the first set 6-4. 

Mensik earned a break in the second game to seal the second set 6-3. 

Both players traded breaks in the fifth and sixth games to draw level to 3-3. Mensik earned his decisive break in the 11th game to seal the third set 7-5. 

“It was a crazy match from the beginning. The first 40 minutes, we  played three games. I don’t know what happened. I did not experience this before. I am really happy that I kept playing after the first set that I was 4-1 up and I still lost. I am really happy that I came back. It was a tough match. Fabio played really well. It was difficult from the beginning”, said Mensik.  

Mensik, who is second in the ATP Next Gen Live Race to Jeddah, set up a quarter final match against Alejandro Tabilo, who beat Alejandro Tabilo, who beat Alexander Schevchenko 6-3 6-2. 

Ben Shelton cruised past Rinki Hijikata 6-4 6-0 to win his first match of the season on grass and his third overall on this surface. Shelton saved all six break points he faced. 

“It was a really fun match today. I am happy to be back in Mallorca. I love playing here. I had a really tough first match here last year, losing 7-6 in the third set to eventual champion Christopher Eubanks, so I am really happy to get my first win here. I am really pleased with how I played today. I am getting used to grass day by day”, said Shelton. 

Shelton set up a quarter final match against Bitish qualifier Paul Judd, who beat Australia’s Adam Walton 6-0 6-3 to advance to his first quarter final at ATP Tour level. 

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl



Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.



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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.



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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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