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Newport Begins

Day one of 2021 Newport is off to an electrifying start.

Ryan Harrison returned to action on the ATP World Tour in Newport qualifying with a marathon 76 67 76 win vs Chris Eubanks, who he defeated in 2017 in Atlanta 61 62. The second set featured an McEnroe Borgesque 18-16 tiebreaker. The third set breaker also went overtime, 10-8 for Harrison who needs to beat Alex Bolt tomorrow to make the main draw. Bolt beat wildcard Will Blumberg 76 76. Harrison, ranked 542 now. beat Bolt in 2015 Happy Valley Challenger semis 63 63. Bolt is ranked 146 now.

Here are the best Newport first round match ups…

Ivo Karlovic vs. Bernabe Zapara Mirelles: Ageless wonder Dr. Ivo hoping to extend his career with a good showing in Newport. The 42 year old is ranked 196.

Jack Sock vs qualifier.

Denis Kudla vs Steve Johnson. American buddies meet for the seventh time as pros. Johnson won the first five matches in Futures and Challengers and Houston in 2014 but Kudla won their AO clash in 2018 in four sets.

Jenson Brooksby vs Evgeny Donskoy. Young American has posted steady results in Challengers but looking for that statement making win since his 2019 US Open upset of Berdych.

Maxime Cressey vs Paulo Lorenzi. Young American serve and volleyer loves the grass courts at Newport but still looking for his first win on Newport turf, he lost first round in singles and doubles in 2019.

Kevin Anderson vs Ilya Marchenko. Former Wimbledon finalist is 35 now and ranked 102, so a good week in Newport is needed to avoid demotion to the Challenger circuit.

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2 comments

  • Jeanius · July 20, 2021 at 1:34 am

    They certainly are and setting back the gains women have been fighting for for fdedecades. It’s an insult to men to appeal to their sexual nature rather than their intelligence to sell them a political messages.
    .
    It’s not even subliminal
    But blatant arrogance that puts in the category of dumb jocks. Ms osaka would to polish her trophies rather than tarnish the squeaky clean image has said she is tenants to maintain. Instead has she has gone down and dirty
    .for someone who professes to dislike the media she has become a media hound.
    1. Television appearances on
    Late night talk shows and ellen
    _ A 3 part netflix s documentary
    And don’t forget her french open drama.makes me wonder if her tee hee charm and clever humor reflect an authentic woman or a paper machete person who is quite inauthentic and too young and I experienced to know when.and whether she is being wmbeing exploited.
    But you gotta give her this : she is one hell of a tennis player

    I hope they lock up coco gauff in an equipment close
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  • Scoop Malinowski · July 20, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Jeanius, Osaka is showing hypocrite tendencies by abandoning her media blackout scam. It was all a contrived hoax for attention which backfired when she got zero support (except from Venus Williams). Yes it’s a shame Osaka is being pimped by her handlers for media attention exposure but don’t expect BJK to weigh in on this. She wouldn’t dare. Osaka has black privilege and is untouchable. Maybe Coco will arrive soon and take some of the pressure off Osaka. They already used Coco, remember her “I demand change!” speech in Florida? Too much exposure too early is not a good management.

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