Yannick Mertens, Open du Nord 2016

Sadly no wheelchair tennis exhibition ahead of the final like last year. Yannick Mertens breaks early and doesn’t look back: 6-2 6-4 in a bit more than an hour. He wins his 20th Futures-level tournament.

Pas d’exhibition de tennis en fauteuil avant la finale comme l’an dernier, dommage. Une finale sans suspense, qui dure à peine plus d’une heure: Yannick Mertens breake dès le début du premier set et s’impose facilement 6-2 6-4. Il remporte son 20ème tournoi Futures.


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Julien Cagnina, Open du Nord 2016

The Open du Nord is a Futures level tournament held each year in Lille, Northern France since 1991. Past champions include Ronald Agenor, Greg Rusedski and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Playing this year: veteran journeymen, young hopes like Corentin Moutet and Corentin Denolly, but also a former top 50 player, Andreas Beck. Ranked 33 in 2009 and finalist in Gstaad, he is now ranked 321 and is looking forward to improve his ranking, following a back injury.
Singles champion in 2014 and defending champion in doubles, Yannick Mertens is the first seed this year. Karen Khachanov – then ranked 363 – captured the title last year. He since moved up to rank 154.

L’Open du Nord est un tournoi Futures qui a lieu à Lille chaque année depuis 1991. Ronald Agenor, Greg Rusedski et Jo-Wilfried Tsonga figurent parmi les anciens vainqueurs. On retrouve cette année dans le tableau à la fois des vétérans des tournois Challengers et Futures, des jeunes espoirs comme Corentin Moutet et Corentin Denolly, mais aussi un ancien top 50, Andreas Beck. 33ème mondial en 2009 et finaliste à Gstaad, il est aujourd’hui 321ème et cherche à retrouver son meilleur niveau suite à une blessure au dos.
Vainqueur en simple en 2014 et tenant du titre en double, le Belge Yannick Mertens est la tête de série numéro un cette année. L’an dernier c’est le Russe Khachanov, alors classé 363ème mondial qui l’avait emporté. Il a depuis gagné 200 places au classement.

Antal Van Der Duim defeats Andreas Beck

A surprising win by Van Der Duim over the tournament’s favorite, Andreas Beck. Van Der Duim breaks early and wins the first set 6-4. Beck reacts and breaks early in the second set. Van Der Duim dominates the game from the baseline and breaks back, but a bad tiebreak costs him the set. The level of play rises in the decider, and the Dutch wins 6-4 6-7(2) 6-3. A good match and a deserved victory for the Dutch who also qualifed for the doubles final (pairing with countryman David Pel, he lost to the Russian pair of Denis Matsukevitch and Daniil Medvedev).

Victoire surprise de Van Der Duim sur le favori du tournoi, Andreas Beck. Un break en début de set suffit à Van Der Duim pour empocher le 1er set 6-4. Beck réagit en breakant en début de 2ème set. Van Der Duim domine du fond de court et débreak, mais un mauvais tiebreak lui coûte le set. Le niveau de jeu s’élève lors de la dernière manche, et le Néerlandais l’emporte 6-4 6-7(2) 6-3. Un très bon match et une victoire méritée pour Antal Van Der Duim, aussi qualifié pour la finale du double (associé à son compatriote David Pel il perdra face aux Russes Denis Matsukevitch and Daniil Medvedev).


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Doubles final, Memphis Open

Check out our pictures from Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Santiago Gonzalez victory over Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey in the final of the Memphis Open, read the report here.

Fysternberg and Gonzalez enter

Fyrstenberg

After the coin flip

Stadium court before the doubles final
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Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open

Kei Nishikori defeated first time ATP finalist Taylor Fritz to capture his fourth consecutive Memphis Open title, his 11th career title. Read the recap of the match, and check out our complete Memphis Open coverage.

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final
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Taylor Fritz a,d Kei Nishikori handshake, Memphis Open 2016

Championship Sunday coincided with Valentine’s Day this year, which provided the tournament with a theme for several promotions, including a “Treat Your Love to Valentine’s Brunch” and a tableful of chocolate truffles in shiny red boxes.

truffles for St. Jude

The truffles, glasses of prosecco, and tickets to a drawing for a $2,500 necklace (compliments of Memphis’s James Gattas Jewelers, whose current Twitter avatar [@GattasJewelers] currently features a photo of Gattas with Kukushkin and Kudla) were sold to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ushers handed out ServiceMaster towels, which emcee Andrew Krasny would later encourage fans to wave during his exhortations to “MAKE MORE NOISE!”

Servicemaster towels

Robin Soderling was scheduled to sign autographs in The MO at 1 p.m., which was also the starting time of the doubles final. On Stadium Court, Beg to Differ, an a cappella group from Memphis University School, performed a selection of pop standards, and then the national anthem:

National anthem
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Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open

Kei Nishikori defeated Sam Querrey in three sets to reach his fourth consecutive Memphis Open final. A few pictures below, read full recap here.

Some of the photographers

Nishikori's entrance

Nishikori v. Querrey

The fans with fans
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