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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#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

We told you the story of Martin and Abel’s charity trip to Uganda last year, last month Martin went back to Uganda, to provide sports equipment and tennis lessons to children in need. Pictures and words by Martin:

This shirt was signed by the Spanish Davis Cup team (Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, David Marrero and Conchita Martinez) who defeated Denmark last September, and put up on auction. The proceed of the auction helped fund TennisAid’s trip to Uganda:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

Back with the kids in Uganda:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

The moment I’ve been waiting for so long: this meeting with my favorite pupil, Siyama. The best way to start this new adventure:

#TennisAid 2015: back to Uganda

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Caroline Wozniacki Australian Open dress

Caroline Wozniacki will hit the Australian Open courts in a new dress designed by Stella McCartney.

And here’s a pic of Wozniacki wearing the tank and skirt from adidas by Stella McCartney’s new collection:

Caroline Wozniacki Australian Open dress

Photo credit: adidas

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Rafael Nadal at the BNP Paribas Masters

It seems the good old Rafa is back! He had to battle hard to beat Rosol in Basel last week, but today it was a routine 6-2 6-2 win in 61 minutes. A good attitude, great forehands, a few aces when needed and a smiling Rafa who signed dozens of autographs for the kids at the end of the match.

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Andy Murray at the 2015 BNP Paribas Masters

Impressive performance by Andy Murray who dispatched Borna Coric 6-1 6-2 in only 58 minutes. The surface suits Andy’s game really well, and the young Croatian spent the match running from left to right to left again and again. It is a real pleasure to see Murray play like that.

In his interview on court Murray said his biggest goal is obviously to win the Davis Cup in 3 weeks, but he’d like to play well here this year because he’s never done well at the BNP Paribas Masters in the past.

His opponent in the third round tomorrow: David Goffin.

Andy Murray

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