MUNICH, April 28, 2021 (by Dietmar Kaspar)
M25 Angers FRA – Manuel Guinard crowns his perfect week
Manuel Guinard triumphed at the Open Galerie Espace Anjou hosted by the Angers Tennis Club.
The tournament’s second favourite emerged victorious from the all-French semi-final clash versus 17-year-old qualifier Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, who is currently ranked No. 8 in the ITF Juniors, in three sets.
No. 8 seed Lucas Catarina from Monaco, who entered the main draw of the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters for the third consecutive time by wild card the week before, knocked off the top seed Chun Hsin Tseng in the stage of the final four in three sets. Nineteen-year-old Tseng was ranked World No. 1 as a junior and clinched the titles at Wimbledon and Roland Garros 2018.
Twenty-five-year-old Guinard won 10 points more in the championship match to prevail 7-5, 6-4 after about two hours. The Saint-Malo native lifted his eighth career trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour.
In the all-French doubles final, top seeded Guinard and Corentin Denolly received a walkover from Arthur Cazaux and his partner Titouan Drouget.
M15 Monastir TUN – Christoph Negritu captures another title in Tunisia
Christoph Negritu is the champion of the Magic Hotel Tours tournament, held at Hotel Skanes Family in Monastir.
The 27-year-old, who studies philosophy and represented Germany at the Summer Universiade 2019 in Napoli, battled past Omar Giacalone from Italy in the stage of the last four in two sets.
Qualifier Igor Marcondes won the all-Brazilian semi-final encounter against his No. 3 seeded compatriot Oscar Jose Gutierrez in straight sets.
Unseeded Negritu, who is practicing at the tennis base of the German Tennis Federation in Stuttgart, broke his opponent in the title match for five times to secure a 6-2, 6-2 win in 72 minutes. Following his maiden title win on Tunisian soil in 2018, the Dinkelsbuehl native celebrated his second singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour in addition to his 10 doubles titles.
M15 Sibenik CRO – Aldin Setkic returns to winners’ circle
The Sibenik Open 2021, hosted by Teniski Klub Subicevac, concluded with the title win of 33-year-old Aldin Setkic.
The veteran from Bosnia and Herzegovina edged out Sebastian Prechtel from Germany, who is coached by former Austrian tennis professional Andreas Haider-Maurer, in the semi-finals in three sets.
Austrian No. 6 seed David Pichler booked his spot in the final with a straight-set victory against Duje Kekez from Croatia.
No. 7 seed Setkic won 83 per cent of his first-service points in the championship match to prevail 7-6, 6-3 after one hour and 55 minutes. The Sarajevo native lifted his 28th singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour and his first since 2017.
M15 Cairo EGY – Oliver Crawford triumphs on clay
Oliver Crawford of the United States emerged victorious at the Egypt Men’s Future, held at Al-Solaimaneyah Center in Cairo.
The No. 4 seed from Spartanburg, South Carolina rallied down Spaniard Benjamin Winter Lopez in the stage of the final four in straight sets.
Polish No. 3 seed Daniel Michalski made the last step to the final by defeating Daniele Capecchi from Italy in three sets.
Twenty-one-year-old Crawford converted eight of his 11 break-point chances in the title match and dropped six service games to claim a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win after more than three hours. Following three title wins on hard court, the former junior World No. 9 celebrated his fourth career title on the ITF World Tennis Tour, his second in 2021.
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M15 Antalya TUR – Christopher Heyman continues his great series
Christopher Heyman clinched the trophy of the M15 Antalya tournament, hosted by the Club Megasaray in Belek.
The 27-year-old Belgian stopped the run of last week’s Antalya champion Nicolae Frunza from Romania in the stage of the last four in straight sets.
No. 7 seed Fabian Marozsan of Hungary battled through the top half of the draw, beating Italian No. 3 seed Francesco Forti in the semi-finals in three sets.
Eupen-born Heyman outpointed his 21-year-old rival in the championship match 89-67 to seal a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory after about two hours. The No. 2 seed lifted his 18th singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour, winning at least one title per season since 2015.