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Zverev Claims 55th Match Win Of Year, But Misses Turin SFs

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

Zverev Claims 55th Match Win Of Year, But Misses Turin SFs

Two-time champ finishes Red Group with 2-1 record but misses knockout stage

Alexander Zverev ended his impressive 2023 comeback season in victory despite missing the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals, defeating Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-4 Friday night in Turin to finish the year with 55 match wins and as World No. 7.

Having missed more than half of the 2022 season following his horrific ankle injury in the 2022 Roland Garros semi-finals, Zverev will be well satisfied with what he achieved during the season, which began with just three wins from his first nine matches.

The German finished the Red Group with a 2-1 record but missed the knockout stages of the season finale because group rivals Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev had superior sets-won records.

“I have to look back on the week in a positive way. I beat Alcaraz and I beat Rublev,” said Zverev, who won 64 per cent of points on Rublev’s second serve.

“After the injury that I had, to be back here with the top eight players in the world, winning two matches, gives me great hope. I’m as motivated as I’ve very been for next year.”

The two-time Nitto ATP Finals champion opened the tournament with a three-set win over Alcaraz, but his straight-sets loss to Medvedev in his second match proved costly.

It was a disappointing return to the Pala Alpitour for Rublev, who failed to win a match after last year reaching the semi-finals. But the red head can still be proud of his season. He will finish inside the Top 5 with a 56-25 record on the year and two titles from six finals, including his maiden ATP Masters 1000 crown in Monte-Carlo.


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Can Sinner Ride Home Support To Dream Final In Turin?

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

Can Sinner Ride Home Support To Dream Final In Turin?

Djokovic meets Alcaraz in blockbuster last-four clash

The Top 4 players in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings will all be in action in a pair of heavyweight clashes on semi-final Saturday at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Home favourite Jannik Sinner meets Daniil Medvedev in the afternoon session at the Pala Alpitour before World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz resume one of the biggest rivalries of the 2023 season on Saturday night in Turin.

[3] Daniil Medvedev vs. [4] Jannik Sinner (ITA)

Until six weeks ago, Medvedev and Sinner’s Lexus ATP Head2Head rivalry was only heading one way.

The World No. 3 Medvedev had won all six of his tour-level meetings with Sinner prior to the China Open, where the pair met in the championship match in early October. The Italian dug deep in a pair of tie-breaks in Beijing to break his duck against Medvedev, however, and backed up that win with a repeat result (this time over three sets) to become champion in Vienna later that month.

Now Sinner chases a late-season hat-trick against his Top 5 rival on an even bigger stage. The Italian racked up a perfect Green Group record this week at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he reeled off three high-class performances in front of his passionate fans. That crowd energy, which was maintained throughout his wins against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Djokovic and Holger Rune, is something Sinner will only see as a boost on Saturday when he looks to overcome Medvedev for a final berth.

“It’s a huge privilege to be here. It’s in Italy. It’s obviously a little bit more pressure, but it is kind of a positive pressure. I like to be in this situation,” said Sinner on Thursday after defeating Rune. “I think until now, in this moment, I managed it really well.

“Hopefully I can keep going like this. I think the crowd, they give me a lot of strength, especially when I’m struggling on the court a little bit… Now I have the chance to go two more matches.”

The key to Sinner reaching his maiden Nitto ATP Finals championship match will likely be his ability to hit through Medvedev’s relentless retrieving with his heavy groundsdtrokes. The fast-paced nature of the Pala Alpitour court should assist the Italian in that quest, and Medvedev will be wary of an opponent playing some of the best tennis of his career.

“At this moment he’s in top form,” said Medvedev of Sinner on Friday. “[These results in Turin] prove it… I felt like in Vienna I made a good response to what he did in Beijing, but I still lost. I need to be even better, to respond better to his shots.”

Medvedev may have dropped his final Red Group match to Alcaraz, but the 26-year-old has looked much more like his usual self this week, particularly in defeating Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev, than he did during his winless Turin campaign a year ago. The 26-year-old also revels in quick conditions and has won eight of his 20 tour-level crowns indoors, including at the 2020 Nitto ATP Finals in London.

Come Saturday, he will need to dial in once more if he wants to stop the Sinner party in Turin.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [2] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)

One of the most prominent storylines of the 2023 season comes to the Nitto ATP Finals as Djokovic and Alcaraz meet in a Saturday-night showdown at the Pala Alpitour.

The pair has met three times over the course of a year in which they also constantly jostled to finish as the ATP Year-End No. 1 presented by Pepperstone. That honour was ultimately sealed by Djokovic after he held off Rune in a three-set thriller his Turin opener on Sunday, but the Serbian cannot afford to relax if he wants to press on to a record seventh Nitto ATP Finals crown.

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Having been pushed all the way by the 20-year-old Rune and then beaten by 22-year-old Sinner this week in Turin, Djokovic needs no reminder of the ability of some of his younger rivals. He next faces the youngest of the three in 20-year-old Alcaraz, who is looking to add a Nitto ATP Finals crown to his 12 tour-level titles, which include two Grand Slams.

“The generation of Alcaraz, Rune, Sinner is very strong,” said Djokovic on Thursday in Turin. “It’s probably the three players that will carry this sport in the future but also in the present because they are right at the top of the game, all of them.”

After Djokovic downed a cramping Alcaraz in four sets at Roland Garros in June, the pair’s following two clashes count as two of the matches of the year. Alcaraz announced himself as a genuine grass-court rival to Djokovic in spectacular style at Wimbledon, where he prevailed in a five-set championship match for the ages. Djokovic had his revenge a month later, saving match point to beat Alcaraz to the ATP Masters 1000 trophy in Cincinnati.

Now 2-2 in their Lexus ATP Head2Head series, the highest-ranked rivalry in the game will move into unfamiliar territory on Saturday night in Turin. The pair has never faced off indoors, and Alcaraz is yet to win a tour-level title under a roof. On a fast court in Turin, the Spaniard’s ability to minimise errors and stay the course in extended rallies with Djokovic could be key.

Djokovic and Alcaraz may be No. 1 and No. 2 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, but the pair’s respective levels of Nitto ATP Finals experience could hardly be more different. The six-time champion Djokovic holds a 48-18 record at the season finale and is 8-3 in semi-finals at the event. Alcaraz made a slow start to his maiden campaign on Monday, when he lost to Zverev, but bounced back quickly with straight-sets wins against Andrey Rublev and Medvedev.

”I’m dreaming about winning this tournament,” said Alcaraz on Friday. “Why not? But I have to play my best first in the semi-final. I’m going to face one of the best players in history. I’m going to face the best player in the world right now. I will have to put my best game if I want to beat him.”

After a gripping year in which the Djokovic-Alcaraz rivalry has kept tennis fans on the edge of their seats, a Nitto ATP Finals knockout battle seems a fitting finale.

Defending Champs Ram/Salisbury Aim To Extend Streak

Is there any stopping Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury at the Nitto ATP Finals? The defending champions extended their winning streak in Turin to eight matches with a perfect group-stage showing this week, and they will look to make it nine when they take on Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in Saturday’s evening semi-final in Turin.

Like Gonzalez and Roger-Vasselin, third seeds Rohan Bopanna/Matthew Ebden and fifth seeds Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos can both finish 2023 as the Year-End ATP Doubles No. 1 presented by Pepperstone. One team will be knocked out of contention on Saturday afternoon, however, when they meet in the opening semi-final at the Pala Alpitour.

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Alcaraz Wants Djokovic To Bring His 'A' Game

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

Alcaraz Wants Djokovic To Bring His ‘A’ Game

World’s Top 2 players clash Saturday in Nitto ATP Finals semis-finals at Pala Alpitour

The transformation from Monday to Friday has been spectacular. Carlos Alcaraz has gone from being ‘mentally exhausted’ after his loss to Alexander Zverev, to reaching the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals by consecutively sinking Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev. The Spaniard will now clash with Novak Djokovic on Saturday in the semi-finals after a turnaround that means he can aspire to go all the way at Turin’s Pala Alpitour.

So, what exactly happened?

“I spoke to Juan Carlos [Ferrero] after the first match,” admitted Alcaraz. “Obviously, something was up. In the last tournaments, the people closest to me, and even those that don’t know me so well, could see that I didn’t have the same attitude as at the start of the season. It’s not a question of being tired or not, it’s about enjoying myself.

“Juan Carlos opened my eyes. This is the last tournament of the year and I have to give everything I have. We’re at the [Nitto] ATP Finals. We also spoke about the level and what I had to do. Once again, I realised that my game depends on whether or not I enjoy myself, whether or not I smile. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing for me. Obviously, the joy and the smile have returned to my game and I think that was reflected in the matches.”

On Saturday, the two-time Grand Slam champion will have to enjoy himself, smile, and possibly do even more when he squares off against Djokovic for the fourth time this season (2-2 in their Lexus ATP Head2Head series). In 2023, the Serbian won their first battle in the semi-finals of Roland Garros, Alcaraz returned the favour in the Wimbledon final, and Djokovic reaped his revenge in the decider at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

“Hopefully it’ll be a repeat of what happened in the Wimbledon final,” said the Spaniard. “I’m going to try and find my A-game. We’ll see what I did well in order to repeat it tomorrow. It’ll be a very mental game, and I want to start preparing tonight.

“I hope that Novak plays at a great level, his A-game. We’re in the semis of the ATP Finals, a tournament he has won six times. He knows what it is to play in these rounds at events like this. I think that he’ll use that experience tomorrow and he’ll play his best tennis. He’ll try to pressure me a lot in the match, basically, he’ll be true to his style. So we’re going to have to be ready for that.”

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Alcaraz has gone from saying that he could not see himself winning a single match in the tournament after losing to Zverev on day one, to declaring, having taken out Rublev, he believed he could go all the way at the season’s grand finale.

“After my level the last couple of days, your mind starts thinking things,” said Alcaraz. “Right now, I think if I continue at this level, I’ll have a chance of winning the tournament.”

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Ram/Salisbury Stay Perfect In Turin

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

Ram/Salisbury Stay Perfect In Turin

Defending champs meet Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin in semi-finals

Defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury maintained their perfect record at this year’s Nitto ATP Finals on Friday when they downed already-eliminated Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler 5-7, 6-1, 10-2.

Ram and Salisbury, who had already qualified for the semi-finals, won 79 per cent (30/38) of their first-serve points to triumph after 83 minutes, improving to 3-0 in Red Group play. The sixth seeds will meet Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the last four, with Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos taking on Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden.

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Ram and Salisbury have now won their past eight matches in Turin, having lifted the trophy at the year-end event 12 months ago. Earlier this season, the American-British team won their third consecutive US Open crown.

Australian Open champions Hijikata and Kubler end round-robin play holding a 0-3 record.

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Medvedev vs Sinner, Alcaraz vs Djokovic Nitto ATP Finals SF Schedule

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

Medvedev vs Sinner, Alcaraz vs Djokovic Nitto ATP Finals SF Schedule

Learn Saturday Order of Play at Pala Alpitour

The order of play for the Nitto ATP Finals has been released. Home favourite Jannik Sinner will play 2020 champion Daniil Medvedev in the afternoon (not before 2:30 p.m. CET), and six-time champion Novak Djokovic will face second seed Carlos Alcaraz (not before 9 p.m. CET) in the evening.

It is a stacked lineup featuring the top four seeds. Sinner won the Green Group and Alcaraz won the Red Group, while Djokovic and Medvedev finished second in Green Group and Red Group, respectively.

Sinner and Medvedev have faced one another twice since the US Open, with the Italian winning finals in Beijing and Vienna. Medvedev leads their Lexus ATP Head2Head series 6-2.

Djokovic and Alcaraz have quickly developed an intriguing Lexus ATP Head2Head rivalry. Of their four clashes, one came in this year’s Wimbledon final (won by Alcaraz) and another came in the Cincinnati final (won by Djokovic), widely considered one of the best matches of 2023.

In doubles, third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden will take on fifth seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos at 12 p.m., while defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury will play fourth seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin not before 6:30 p.m.


CENTRE COURT start 12 noon
[5] M. Granollers (ESP) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs [3] R. Bopanna (IND) / M. Ebden (AUS)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[4] J. Sinner (ITA) vs [3] D. Medvedev

Not Before 6:30 pm
[6] R. Ram (USA) / J. Salisbury (GBR) vs [4] S. Gonzalez (MEX) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

Not Before 9 pm
[2] C. Alcaraz (ESP) vs [1] N. Djokovic (SRB)

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Medvedev Regrouping & Ready For SFs In Less Than 24 Hours

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

Medvedev Regrouping & Ready For SFs In Less Than 24 Hours

Despite Friday’s loss, World No. 3 advances to last four

After just 80 minutes on court Friday, Daniil Medvedev suffered his first loss of this year’s Nitto ATP Finals. But the World No. 3 is not dwelling on the defeat to Carlos Alcaraz, nor does he have time to. Medvedev is keeping a short memory, turning his attention to tomorrow’s semi-final showdown against home favourite Jannik Sinner.

“For sure I would love to win this match, but it didn’t happen. Now I have to forget it very fast and try to focus only on tomorrow,” said Medvedev, who finished second in Red Group. “At this moment, the only thing that is left is I have a match quite soon, less than 24 hours. I have to only [think] after I leave this room, ‘How do I beat Jannik tomorrow?’”

Prior to October, Medvedev was 6-0 against Sinner in their Lexus ATPHead2Head series. But with the Italian defeating him in the Beijing and Vienna championship matches, Medvedev is aiming to end his two-match skid against Sinner.

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“At this moment he’s in top form. The results prove it. He can do everything,” Medvedev said. “He can serve-and-volley, but at the same time he can stay at the baseline and be very good. Some dropshots, slice, down the line, cross. He can do every shot and that’s why he’s a top player.

“I felt like in Vienna I made a good response to what he did in Beijing, but I still lost. I need to be even better, to respond better to his shots. I need to definitely be at my absolute best and better than today.”

Medvedev’s 6-4, 6-4 defeat to World No. 2 Alcaraz moved the Spaniard to 3-2 in their Lexus ATPHead2Head series. Medvedev ousted Alcaraz in the US Open semi-finals and stated in his on-court interview, ‘I played 12 out of 10.’ After Friday’s defeat, Medvedev was once again asked to rate his performance versus the two-time major champion.

“I would give myself 8.5, which is a pretty good score, but it’s not enough to beat Carlos,” Medvedev said. “The mindset was the same. As I said coming into this match, you don’t want to lose a match before playing semis. It’s not the best feeling to lose a match. Your body reacts differently. Now I have to kind of regroup myself for tomorrow.”

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One tactic Alcaraz employed was moving forward to counter Medvedev’s deep court positioning, often serve-and-volleying to apply pressure on the World No. 3.

“I think it’s kind of a good tactic against me, but you have to be good at the net,” Medvedev said. “For example, Sascha [Zverev], for me he’s a very good player at the net. Carlos was able to do some sliding volleys today. Maybe there are two, three players in the world that can do it. Sascha was going to the net a lot, but I passed him a lot.

“I know how to do passing shots and I will do it more because maybe more guys have come to the net. To beat me just coming to the net is not enough. I will pass. You have to be really good at the net. If guys continue to do it and I really struggle, I’m going to find a way. For the moment, I don’t see this.

“Sometimes they succeed, but sometimes they lose also. Carlos against me at the US Open was going to the net I think 50 times and he lost the match. Same with [Christopher] O’Connell [at the US Open].”

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Fans Join The CO2 Fight At The 2023 Nitto ATP Finals

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

Fans Join The CO2 Fight At The 2023 Nitto ATP Finals

Nitto Booth in event’s Fan Village engages fans on important topic

There is a celebration of sustainability on show this year at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

At the Pala Alpitour’s Fan Village, visitors can find out about title sponsor Nitto’s initiatives when it comes to promoting environmental causes and reducing CO2 emissions. Interactive games, a quiz and participation prizes are on offer to help engage fans with one of the most important topics of our time.

“Things like this help raise awareness for this topic with people who might not think about it much or aren’t aware of it,” said tennis fan Sandra Müller from Germany, whose favourite players are Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas. “It helps include more people in the theme of sustainability.”

Fans at the Nitto Booth in the Pala Alpitour Fan Village

Fans play a ‘BATAK’ game at the Nitto Booth in the Pala Alpitour’s Fan Village. Photo Credit: Nitto/Siobhan Hennessy.

As well as an opportunity to take a photo with a replica of the Nitto ATP Finals trophy, visitors to the Nitto Booth can participate in a survey about Nitto, get a Nitto ATP Finals logo face sticker made from the company’s skin-friendly adhesive, and play a ‘BATAK’ reflective game, where they have to hit buttons to simulate the collection of CO2. Participants then receive tokens, which can be exchanged for a prize from a ‘Giant Gacha’ gumball machine.

Fans visiting the Nitto Booth can also learn more about the Nitto ATP Finals Torino Green Project, which aims to offset CO2 emissions in the City of Turin, while supporting the development and regeneration of green spaces around the city.

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It is not just in the Fan Village where sustainable living is being promoted on the Pala Alpitour site. Nitto’s ‘Internet of Things’ Garbage Bins are being used, for the third consecutive year, to demonstrate an innovative system of waste separation. Nitto has also donated 6,000 paper napkins, made from its exclusive plastic-free compostable material, for use across the tournament site.

“I think it’s great that we are looking into this because we have not always heard so much about this as a concern with sporting events like this,” said Kimberley Yap, a visiting fan from Malaysia. “So I think it is great that Nitto is doing this.”

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ATP & Dunlop Serve Up Extended Global Partnership Through 2028

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

ATP & Dunlop Serve Up Extended Global Partnership Through 2028

Dunlop will continue as the Official Ball of the ATP Tour

ATP and Dunlop are proud to announce the extension of their global partnership, through 2028.

Dunlop will continue as the Official Ball of the ATP Tour, a designation the Japanese brand has held since 2019. Dunlop has established itself as the No. 1 ball on the ATP Tour, with close to half of all tournaments proudly playing with Dunlop. Events include the Nitto ATP Finals, Next Gen ATP Finals presented by NEOM, and four ATP Masters 1000 events.

The extension will also see Dunlop become the Official Racket and Official Tennis Accessories (non-exclusive) of the ATP Tour. The brand will develop a dedicated ATP product line, including strings, grips, dampeners and racket bags, plus a special fan edition of the Dunlop FX racket as used by ATP Tour pro Jack Draper.

In parallel with continuous product testing and innovation, the partners will focus on advancing sustainability in tennis. Dunlop is currently developing eco-friendly materials for its tennis balls, increasing the use of recycled materials and reducing plastic in packaging – impacting resource consumption and waste on the ATP Tour and for millions of recreational players worldwide. This sustainability focus aligns with the ATP Serves mission and commitments under UN Sports for Climate Action.

Massimo Calvelli, ATP CEO, said: “Tennis balls are at the very core of our game. The Dunlop ATP ball is a consistent top-quality product, backed by continuous R&D, which allows our players to perform at their best. We’re thrilled to build on our successful partnership with Dunlop and to continue innovating together. Our joint reach across all levels of the game has huge potential to positively impact players and the planet.”

Ken Yamamoto, Head of Racket Sports Business, Dunlop/Sumitomo Rubber Industries, said: “With 100 years of experience making the highest quality tennis balls, we know what it takes to produce a tennis ball that players can rely on. Dunlop has been dedicated to research, development and listening to player feedback to ensure the very best for all players and tournaments. It is a great honour for Dunlop to be partnered with the ATP Tour, who we share so many core values with. We’re excited to continue our partnership and build on our sustainability focus, supporting current and future generations in the sport that we love.”

The extended partnership builds on a long-shared heritage in tennis. In 2022, the ATP celebrated its 50th Anniversary, while Dunlop boasts more than 100 years of producing top quality sporting equipment.

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Sweden's 'Good to Great' Academy Welcomes ATP Challenger Tour

  • Posted: Nov 17, 2023

Sweden’s ‘Good to Great’ Academy Welcomes ATP Challenger Tour

Tournament director is former World No. 2 Magnus Norman

The ATP Challenger Tour prides itself in being a springboard for young stars seeking to develop their talent as they chase ranking points, prize money and a chance to make it to the biggest stages of the sport.

A prime example is the latest destination of the globetrotting circuit: Danderyd, Sweden, a municipality north of Stockholm where 18-year-olds Jakub Mensik and Alexander Blockx are among those in the quarter-finals of this week’s Good to Great Challenger.

Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Flavio Cobolli and last year’s champion of the 21-and-under event, Brandon Nakashima, are also in the last eight of the Challenger 75 event held at the prestigious Good to Great Tennis Academy, spearheaded by Nicklas Kulti, Mikael Tillstrom and tournament director Magnus Norman.

The Danderyd Challenger is the first event in Sweden at that level since 2018 (Bastad), marking the 46th country to host an ATP Challenger Tour tournament this season. Norman hopes they can be a mainstay.

“This is really important for Swedish tennis, this is something that has been needed for many, many years,” Norman told “Our goal first and foremost is to establish this Challenger in the calendar so players know during the end of the season, there is a Challenger in Sweden. Our vision is to create and start a few more Challengers in the region.”

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The Good to Great Tennis Academy, which has worked with ATP stars such as Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils, opened a state-of-the-art facility in 2018 featuring seven indoor courts, five outdoor clay courts, an outdoor hard court, restaurant, performance centre, medical centre and lodging for players.

The organisation and facilities of the Danderyd Challenger make it an attractive event for players.

“Whatever we do, we try and make it good for the players and coaches. So far, we are really happy with the week,” Norman said. “We wanted to make a good week where players can have a great week with a lot of practice courts, balls, towels, everything like that should not be an issue. We have hitting partners on site. What the players and coaches need is to be able to work.

“We have received some good reviews from players because we have three practice courts on site with the exact same surface, a good players lounge, a medical team with physios and massage therapy. We take pride in doing a good tournament. We have had some good help from the ATP 250 event organization in Bastad. The people that run that tournament are helping us here which has helped enormously.”

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