Challenger Tour Weekly Recap: Illya Marchenko Back on Top

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As ever, there was no shortage on entertaining action on the ATP’s Challenger Tour. A number of players stormed to unexpected triumphs whilst others slumped to disappointing defeats. Here are some of the stories you might have missed: Not one, but two crowns Illya Marchenko, once ranked as high as 49th in the world, won […] READ MORE


Challenger Tour Weekly Recap: Mikael Ymer Debuts in the Top 100

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Speaking of this week’s Challenger Tour action, you can’t omit the unfortunate Florence incident. We’ve already covered it here and you should check out the article if you didn’t hear about a chair umpire who sexually harassed a ball girl and pep talked one of the players. Onto some better sportsmanship, Mikael Ymer took home […] READ MORE




Challenger Tour Weekly Recap: Jozef Kovalik Wins First Post-Surgery Title

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The Pekao Szczecin Open, the only highest category Challenger event this week, capped off on a high note. Jozef Kovalik, last year’s Hamburg European Open semifinalist, defeated defending champion Guido Andreozzi in a classic near three-hours final. Earlier in the tournament, Andreozzi and Kovalik threw out the highest seeds. The Argentinian got the better of […] READ MORE



Marco Cecchinato Looking for Confidence in Szczecin

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Last year’s Roland Garros semifinalist Marco Cecchinato has been struggling for his form lately. The Italian failed to repeat his biggest achievement and lost 710 ranking points, dropping a first-round match in Paris to Nicolas Mahut. Between the beginning of May and the Pekao Szczecin Open, Cecchinato won just two matches in 14 tournaments. So […] READ MORE



Albert Ramos-Vinolas Hoping to Lift the Spanish Curse

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After two days of frequent rain interruptions, the weather in northwestern Poland finally got better. The tournament had some making-up to do and t24 matches were played on five courts. The seeds came into play, including World No. 49 Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The Spaniard defeated Johannes Haerteis in two comfortable sets. Ramos-Vinolas got a good read […] READ MORE