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Fabbiano, Trocki Advance In Roland Garros Qualifying

  • Posted: May 24, 2021

The Roland Garros qualifying draw got underway on a rainy Monday in Paris with surprises and upsets aplenty.

Thomas Fabbiano ended Chris Eubanks’ Parisian campaign 6-4, 7-5. The 31-year-old Italian will take on No. 22 seed Carlos Taberner next.

Andrey Kuznetsov pulled off the biggest upset of the day by taking out top seed Ilya Ivashka 6-4, 7-6(1). Ivaskha wasn’t the only high seed to fall as Borna Gojo moved past fourth seed Pedro Sousa when Sousa retired at 4-6, 7-6(6), 1-1.

Viktor Troicki closed out a comeback win over No. 13 seed Thiago Seyboth Wild 0-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5). Troicki, a former World No. 12, is currently ranked No. 205. 

French wild card Manuel Guinard made good use of his opportunity by topping No. 28 seed Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-3. Another local wild card, 16-year-old Arthur Fils took out former World No. 17 Bernard Tomic 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-3. Fils is ranked No. 1,034 in the FedEx ATP Rankings and had previously only played at the ITF level. 

Elsewhere, Bjorn Fratangelo was a winner over Go Soeda 6-2, 6-3, and in an all-American battle Ernesto Escobedo beat Maxime Cressy 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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Cuevas, Lajovic Advance In Belgrade

  • Posted: May 24, 2021

Pablo Cuevas carried momentum from his semi-final run at the Gonet Geneva Open to upset seventh seed Miomir Kecmanovic on Monday at the Belgrade Open.

Cuevas, currently ranked No. 91 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, dropped just five games in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the Serbian. The Uruguayan will next face Argentine Federico Coria. 


Fifth seed Dusan Lajovic was the only Serbian to advance to the second round, following a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ricardas Berankis. Eighth-seeded Federico Delbonis survived a scare against lucky loser Lukas Klein but prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Elsewhere, Fernando Verdasco eased past Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-2 and lucky loser Mats Moraing outlasted Egor Gerasimov 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-5. With the win, Moraing earned a chance to face top seed Novak Djokovic on Tuesday.

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US Open, 7 US Open Series Events Adopt Electronic Line-Calling

  • Posted: May 24, 2021

Hawk-Eye Live electronic line-calling will be on all competition courts at the US Open and seven US Open Series tournaments this year, the USTA, ATP and WTA announced Monday. 

In addition to the US Open, the Truist Atlanta Open ATP 250, Citi Open ATP 500 (Washington, D.C.), National Bank Open ATP Masters 1000 (Toronto) and WTA 1000 (Montreal), Western & Southern Open ATP Masters 1000 and WTA 1000 (Cincinnati), Winston-Salem Open ATP 250 (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and Tennis in the Land WTA 250 (Cleveland, Ohio) will utilise Hawk-Eye Live this summer.

Last year, electronic line-calling was implemented at the Western & Southern Open and US Open on every court except Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadium. By the US Open’s end, more than 314,000 calls were made electronically.

The 2021 Australian Open was the first Grand Slam to be played without line judges. 

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Rain Cancels All Matches On Monday In Parma

  • Posted: May 24, 2021

Due to persistent rain on Monday, the Emila-Romagna Open in Parma had to cancel all scheduled matches. The announcement was made just before 4pm local time.  


Two #NextGenATP stars Lorenzo Musetti and Sebastian Korda, who met last week in Lyon, feature on Tuesday. Musetti takes on fellow Italian Gianluca Mager, while this season’s Delray Beach finalist Korda faces wild card Andreas Seppi. Fifth seed Richard Gasquet, Aljaz Bedene and Yoshihito Nishioka are also in action.

Sunday saw teenage wild card Flavio Cabolli and American Tommy Paul advance to the second round. The top seed is Italian Lorenzo Sonego. 


CENTER COURT start 10:00 am

[WC] M. Cecchinato (ITA) vs [Q] R. Brancaccio (ITA)

[WC] A. Seppi (ITA) vs S. Korda (USA)

G. Mager (ITA) vs L. Musetti (ITA)

[5] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [Q] D. Altmaier (GER)

[1] S. Gille (BEL) / J. Vliegen (BEL) vs [WC] F. Passaro (ITA) / S. Travaglia (ITA)

GRAND STAND start 10:00 am

S. Querrey (USA) vs [8] Y. Nishioka (JPN)

[7] A. Bedene (SLO) vs S. Caruso (ITA)

G. Simon (FRA) vs [Q] P. Martinez (ESP)

after suitable rest – M. Purcell (AUS) / L. Saville (AUS) vs M. Cecchinato (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA)

COURT 1 start 10:00 am

E. Ruusuvuori (FIN) vs [LL] N. Gombos (SVK)

S. Johnson (USA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)

J. Munar (ESP) vs [Q] M. Ymer (SWE)

[3] M. Daniell (NZL) / P. Oswald (AUT) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / M. Gonzalez (ARG)

COURT 5 start 10:00 am

M. Reid (AUS) / M. Venus (NZL) vs N. Lammons (USA) / J. Withrow (USA)

O. Marach (AUT) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / B. McLachlan (JPN)

[WC] D. Marrero (ESP) / D. Vega Hernandez (ESP) vs R. Jebavy (CZE) / A. Nedovyesov
A. Golubev (KAZ) / A. Vavassori (ITA) vs [4] M. Arevalo (ESA) / M. Middelkoop (NED)

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Musetti Continues Rise, Mover Of Week

  • Posted: May 24, 2021

No. 76 Lorenzo Musetti, +12 (Career-High)
The Italian, who began the season at No. 128 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, is now up to No. 76 after he reached the third ATP Tour semi-final of his career at the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon (l. to Tsitsipas). Musetti rises 12 places to his new career-high.

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No. 16 Casper Ruud, +5 (Joint Career-High)
The Norwegian captured his second ATP Tour title on Saturday at the Gonet Geneva Open with a 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over Denis Shapovalov and rises to a joint career-high of No. 16, which he first attained two weeks ago (10 May). 

No. 45 Cameron Norrie, +4
The Briton remains four spots off his career-high of No. 41 (attained on 20 May 2019) after he advanced to his third ATP Tour final on Sunday in Lyon (l. to Tsitsipas). Norrie, who has compiled a 13-4 record on the spring European clay swing, also reached the Millennium Estoril Open final (l. to Ramos-Vinolas) earlier this month.

No. 94 Carlos Alcaraz, +20 (Career-High)
The 18-year-old Spaniard has broken into the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time at No. 94. Alcaraz won his fourth ATP Challenger Tour crown on Saturday with victory in Oeiras (d. Bagnis).

Other Notable Top 100 Movers

No. 40 Benoit Paire, +4
No. 68 Pablo Andujar, +7
No. 91 Pablo Cuevas, +11
No. 100 Juan Ignacio Londero, +5


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Alcaraz's Ascent: 18-Year-Old Celebrates Top 100 Debut

  • Posted: May 24, 2021

It was just two years ago that Carlos Alcaraz announced his arrival in grand fashion. Teenagers don’t often seize the spotlight with fearless aggression and the mental prowess of a veteran, but that is exactly what the Spaniard has become known for.

At the ripe age of 15 in April 2019, Alcaraz defeated Jannik Sinner in his first main draw appearance on the ATP Challenger Tour. From that day, it quickly became a matter of when, not if, he would reach the Top 100 of the FedEx ATP Rankings. That moment has arrived for the native of Murcia, Spain.

Alcaraz celebrates his debut among the 100 best players in the world on Monday following his fourth Challenger title in Oeiras, Portugal. His surge to a career-high No. 94 — a move of 397 spots since the start of 2020 — has made him the youngest member of the club.

“Being in the Top 100 is something very special for me,” Alcaraz told “It is a reflection of all the hard work that I am doing with my team and the dedication that I am putting on and off the court. To be Top 100 was one of my dreams since I was I very little, and to be able to get there is something amazing. I can’t explain it with words. It is an incredible feeling. It gives me great motivation to continue training and give all I have to continue improving.”

It is a historic Top 100 breakthrough for the 18-year-old, who becomes the second-youngest Spaniard to enter the club. Only a 16-year-old Rafael Nadal was younger when he made his debut in 2003. In addition, Alcaraz is the youngest player to make the breakthrough since Croatian Borna Coric in 2014.

Youngest Players to Debut in Top 100 (since 2000)

Player Age Debut Date
Rafael Nadal 16 years, 10 months 21 April 2003
Richard Gasquet 17 years, 3 months 29 September 2003
Borna Coric 17 years, 11 months 27 October 2014
Juan Martin del Potro 18 years, 0 months, 16 days 9 October 2006
Carlos Alcaraz
18 years, 0 months, 19 days 24 May 2021

All ascents are created differently, but for those striving to reach the pinnacle of the ATP Tour, cracking the Top 100 is a seminal moment. It is one that confirms the belief that you belong on the biggest stages in pro tennis.

Belief. That is one thing Alcaraz already owns in abundance. Where the Spaniard has struck fear in the eyes of opponents with bold shotmaking and blazing agility, it’s his composure between the lines and humility off the court that continues to endear him to fans.

Where does that poise come from? How does an 18-year-old develop such a mature approach to the game? Watching countryman and idol Nadal exhibit those same traits throughout his career and absorbing the values instilled by coach Juan Carlos Ferrero are expected. But Alcaraz revealed a more surprising source of inspiration: ‘Rocky’.

“When I watch the Rocky movies, it really motivates me,” Alcaraz said. “He never surrenders. He always believes that he will win. Boxing is a lot like tennis. You have two people preparing for a battle and then trying to look for solutions during the fight. He makes one move, then you make another, and you have to adapt. It’s one of the movies that I enjoy watching a lot and it has helped me in my career.”

Born in 2003 in the village of El Parmar, located just 30 minutes from Spain’s east coast, Alcaraz was four when he first picked up a racquet with his father. Carlos Sr. is the director of tennis at the Real Sociedad Club de Campo Murcia. The game came naturally to his son, who started taking classes at the club and hitting the ball for fun with his brothers Álvaro, Sergio and Jaime. It soon grew into something greater than he could imagine.

Alcaraz first crashed onto the scene one year ago with a head-turning ATP Tour debut at the Rio Open presented by Claro. He would stun World No. 41 Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a final-set tie-break after three hours and 37 minutes. When the COVID-19 shutdown happened just a few weeks later, it halted all the momentum and confidence he built from his run in Rio. But it was that four-month hiatus that he credits for what would be a history-making return to competition.

“I really took advantage of that time to improve physically,” Alcaraz added. “Thankfully we have a full gym at the [Equelite Ferrero] academy and I worked hard to get better. Also, there were some things in my game that I needed to work on and it was good that we had the time to do that.”

Photo: Sara Falcao
Alcaraz would make the ATP Challenger Tour his personal playground upon the tour’s resumption. He captured his maiden title in Trieste, Italy, as a qualifier and further cemented his Challenger legacy with second and third crowns two months later. His victories on home soil in Barcelona and Alicante put him in an exclusive club as one of just five players to win three titles before their 18th birthday. His 83.3 winning percentage (20-4 record) would lead the Challenger circuit by year’s end.

Alcaraz has already proceeded to launch a seamless transition to the ATP Tour in 2021. A first tour-level semi-final on home soil in Marbella came just one month ago and was soon followed by a successful ATP Masters 1000 debut in Madrid, where he would battle Nadal in the second round.

“Being No. 110 or No. 94, it doesn’t change much in our approach,” said Ferrero, former World No. 1 and Alcaraz’s longtime coach. “The message is to try to give 100 per cent every week, prepare well, train well and take care of what you can control. It’s a lot. But little by little we will try to continue climbing these steps.

“Our plans gave us the opportunity to be at this level. He has been burning through each stage, but we are also realistic and we are happy and satisfied with the level he is giving on the court. Both he and I are very ambitious and we always want more. We are going to try to grow even more and see how far we can climb at the end of the year.”

Alcaraz has little time to celebrate this milestone. The Spaniard is already at Roland Garros, ready to embark on his quest for a first main draw appearance on the Parisian terre battue. He will open qualifying against Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko on Tuesday.

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Alcaraz, Kokkinakis Headline Roland Garros Qualifying Draw

  • Posted: May 24, 2021

#NextGenATP sensation Carlos Alcaraz headlines the field in Roland Garros qualifying, where he will try to reach the main draw for the first time.

Eight months ago, the teen lost in the first round of qualifying in Paris. But now, the 18-year-old arrives on the terre battue with momentum after winning an ATP Challenger Tour event in Oeiras, Portugal. That victory will propel him into the Top 100 in the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time on Monday at World No. 94.

Alcaraz will face a tough test in the first round against two-time ATP Tour finalist Lukas Lacko. The Slovakian has climbed as high as World No. 44 and competed in the main draw or qualifying at Roland Garros 11 times.

An interesting first-round qualifying match will see ninth seed Mackenzie McDonald take on Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, with the winner to potentially face two-time tour-level champion Robin Haase in the second round. McDonald made the fourth round at the Australian Open this year and Kokkinakis won an ATP Challenger Tour title in Biella, Italy on Saturday.

Ernests Gulbis, the 2014 Roland Garros semi-finalist, plays second seed Daniel Elahi Galan in the first round and Austrian ATP Cup standout Dennis Novak opens against Spaniard Mario Vilella Martinez.

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Other players to watch include 19-year-old Juan Manuel Cerundolo, this year’s Cordoba titlist, and #NextGenATP Americans Brandon Nakashima and Jenson Brooksby. Brooksby has captured three ATP Challenger Tour trophies this season.

The top seed in qualifying is Ilya Ivashka of Belarus and former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo will also be in action.

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