Alex Molcan Credits His 2021 Improvements to Better Discipline and Working With a Mental Coach

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Alex Molcan has enjoyed a breakout season in 2021, clinching his maiden Challenger title at Liberec and even getting to a championship match at the higher level, losing to Novak Djokovic in Belgrade.  The 23-year-old is currently chasing a debut appearance in the top 100, playing his last tournament of the season in Helsinki. Molcan […] READ MORE


Challenger Tour Weekly Recap: South Americans Storming Europe

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Three of the four finalists on the Challenger circuit this week came from South America. While many of the clay-court specialists coming from countries like Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, etc., only peak on the Southern Hemisphere, Juan Pablo Varillas, Sebastian Baez, and Daniel Elahi Galan showed this week that it doesn’t have to be the case. […] READ MORE


Challenger Tour Weekly Recap: All-Slovenian Final in Split; Borges Fails to Cope with the Pressure

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It was just a second all-Slovenian championship match on the Challenger Tour ever and even more remarkably, both players even share the same first name. In Oeiras, recent college alumni (Mississipi State) Nuno Borges made his first Challenger Tour final and faced off against a qualifier, Pedro Cachin. Next week, the Challenger Tour is going […] READ MORE


Challenger Tour Weekly Recap: Kwon, Brooksby and Baez lift titles

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Forget about multimillionaires battling each other in the Australian Open final. The real struggle is here and it’s been another fascinating week at the ATP Challenger Tour. Soon-Woo Kwon made a great return to the circuit, while Sebastian Baez and Jenson Brooksby added to the growing list of Next-Gen winners of 2021. Read back on […] READ MORE


Andrey Kuznetsov to return at ATP Prague Open

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Andrey Kuznetsov will return to ATP tennis after a two-and-a-half-year absence at the Prague Open Challenger event in the Czech Republic, which begins on August 17. The Russian played his last ATP match in January 2018, a three-set loss to Ilya Ivashka at the Challenger in Koblenz, Germany. He has struggled with injuries, and was […] READ MORE



What Now for Juan Pablo Varillas?

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In tennis, winning can be contagious. Sure, every week is a clean slate, but the positive vibes and momentum can carry on from tournament to tournament. Once a player gets into a good rhythm, that doesn’t go away on the plane ride to the next tournament. Last year, the tennis world saw a 22 year-old […] READ MORE



Late Retirements: A Worrying Trend in Tennis?

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In tennis at the Challenger level, when something is fishy, tennis fans tend to hope for the best, but expect the worse. And retiring two points from the finish of the match is certainly fishy. Enter Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Samarkand is home to the $54,160 Samarkand Challenger, one of four Challengers this week . With seeded […] READ MORE