Forgive Me, Father, For I Am a Full Fledged Sinner!

Jannik will play the #4 seed Kamil Majchrzak (POL) in the final after the young Pole eliminated the #1 seed Lloyd Harris in two TBs in their SF match. Majchrzak is most noted for his unsuccessful attempt at knocking Nishikori out of AO’19, going up two sets before succumbing to some serious cramping issues. He won his first Challenger title five weeks ago on indoor HCs at Saint-Brieuc (FRA).
 
One way traffic...broken again to start the second set. Four service games, broken four times. Majchrzak takes time away from him with his crowding of the baseline to return second balls (3/11 points won by Jannik).
 
An interesting mini-tournament has been going at the Foro Italico in Rome since last Saturday, May 4, concerning the upcoming Italian Championships. According to the website sportface.it, it involves pre-qualifying for next week's tournament, with the winner of the men's singles event gaining a wildcard into either the qualifying draw or the actual main singles draw in Rome. Jannik Sinner is the no. 2 seed in the men's draw and has reached the semi-finals, where he will face fellow 17-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.

For more on this event (in Italian), including the draw for the men's event, see here: https://www.sportface.it/tennis/pre...li-bnl-ditalia-2019-tabellone-maschile/732816
 
An interesting mini-tournament has been going at the Foro Italico in Rome since last Saturday, May 4, concerning the upcoming Italian Championships. According to the website sportface.it, it involves pre-qualifying for next week's tournament, with the winner of the men's singles event gaining a wildcard into either the qualifying draw or the actual main singles draw in Rome. Jannik Sinner is the no. 2 seed in the men's draw and has reached the semi-finals, where he will face fellow 17-year-old Lorenzo Musetti.

For more on this event (in Italian), including the draw for the men's event, see here: https://www.sportface.it/tennis/pre...li-bnl-ditalia-2019-tabellone-maschile/732816
This would explain their absence from the ongoing Rome Challenger. Thanks!
 
Yes, and it's a bit clearer now. The winner of the men's singles event at the special pre-qualifying tournament will definitely be awarded a wildcard into the main singles draw in Rome. However, if Andreas Seppi gains direct entry into the same main singles draw, then the runner-up in this special event will also be awarded a wildcard into the main singles draw for next week's tournament. Most of the players taking part in this special pre-qualifying tournament are, in fact, 23 or under. The semi-finals are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday.
 
Yes, and it's a bit clearer now. The winner of the men's singles event at the special pre-qualifying tournament will definitely be awarded a wildcard into the main singles draw in Rome. However, if Andreas Seppi gains direct entry into the same main singles draw, then the runner-up in this special event will also be awarded a wildcard into the main singles draw for next week's tournament. Most of the players taking part in this special pre-qualifying tournament are, in fact, 23 or under. The semi-finals are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday.
It sounds like the TennisAustralia playoffs they hold in mid-December for an AO WC. Duckworth won it, got a MD WC. Saville lost the final and went into the qualies.
 
A long, close semi-final earlier today at the Foro Italico in Rome between Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti. The latter player took the first set on the tiebreak, 7-6(5), and reached match point on the Sinner serve at 5-4, 30-40, in the second set. However, Sinner won the next point and the game before breaking to lead 6-5. Another break of serve followed, resulting in another tiebreak in which Sinner led 3-0 only for Musetti to come back to lead 5-3. But Sinner went ahead again, 6-5 and then 7-6, before winning the next point and the second set, 7-6(6).

In the final set Sinner dropped serve in the first game but broke back straight away and held to 2-1. Leading 4-3 Sinner broke the Musetti serve again for 5-3. In the next game Sinner led 40-0, three match points, but was pulled back to deuce before steadying himself and completing a hard-earned victory, 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-3.
 
A long, close semi-final earlier today at the Foro Italico in Rome between Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti. The latter player took the first set on the tiebreak, 7-6(5), and reached match point on the Sinner serve at 5-4, 30-40, in the second set. However, Sinner won the next point and the game before breaking to lead 6-5. Another break of serve followed, resulting in another tiebreak in which Sinner led 3-0 only for Musetti to come back to lead 5-3. But Sinner went ahead again, 6-5 and then 7-6, before winning the next point and the second set, 7-6(6).

In the final set Sinner dropped serve in the first game but broke back straight away and held to 2-1. Leading 4-3 Sinner broke the Musetti serve again for 5-3. In the next game Sinner led 40-0, three match points, but was pulled back to deuce before steadying himself and completing a hard-earned victory, 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-3.
Sinner’s opponent in the final will be Andrea Basso (age 25), who also played the Ostrava Challenger last week (lost to Novak R16).
 
Jannik Sinner was beaten by Andrea Basso earlier today in the final round of pre-qualification for next week's Italian Championships. The score was 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3. Basso therefore gains a wildcard and entry to the main singles draw in Rome next week. However, it is possible that Sinner might still also be awarded a wildcard into the main draw. At the very least he will be taking part in the main qualifying event due to take place in Rome this coming weekend.
 
The final wildcard for next week's Italian Open has indeed been awarded to Jannik Sinner, so he won't have to go through the main qualifying event this weekend after all. The Rome tournament will mark the 17-year-old's debut in a Masters Series event.
 
Never doubt the Sinner! Down 1-6? No problem, just eat the breadstick and then bake one of your own for The Package. Then, go down early in the third and face match game on The Johnson’s serve, 3-5. Just win four games in a row!!!

An exhausted Tsitsipas is next!
 
Jannik Sinner has a very good, deceptively simple technique, a keen tactical sense, excellent movement and a cool temperament. All of these attributes were on display yesterday on centre court at the Foro Italico in Rome during his first-round match against Steve Johnson, especially in the third and deciding set.

In that third set the American played well to lead 5-2, then 5-3, 40-30, match point on his own serve, but a brave shot from Sinner won the Italian the next point and when he won the next two points to pull back to 3-4, a buzz went round the stands on centre court. Justifiably so as the winning of that ninth game formed part of a run of five games in a row for the 17-year-old Italian who played some lovely, instinctive and forcefully confident tennis as he moved steadily towards victory.

Lacking in inspiration there was nothing that Steve Johnson could do to stem the flow, and it is to his credit that he warmly congratulated Sinner on his win when the two players met at the net at the end of the match. Final score: 1-6, 6-1,7-5.
 
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Jannik Sinner has a very good, deceptively simple technique, a keen tactical sense, excellent movement and a cool temperament. All of these attributes were on display yesterday on centre court at the Foro Italico in Rome during his first-round match against Steve Johnson, especially in the third and deciding set.

In that third set the American played well to lead 5-2, 40-30, match point on his own serve, but a brave shot from Sinner won the Italian the next point and when he won the next two points to pull back to 3-5, a buzz went round the stands on centre court. Justifiably so as the winning of that eighth game heralded a run of five games in a row for the 17-year-old Italian who played some lovely, instinctive and forcefully confident tennis as he moved steadily towards victory.

Lacking in inspiration there was nothing that Steve Johnson could do to stem the flow, and it is to his credit that he warmly congratulated Sinner on his win when the two players met at the net at the end of the match. Final score: 1-6, 6-1,7-5.
Almost right. It was match game at 5-3 on Johnson’s serve. Sinner was never down double break in the third set, broken only once to give Johnson a 3-1 lead. The 2-5 game was on Sinner’s serve and he held.
 
The wildcards have been announced for this year's French Open and Jannik Sinner's name isn't on the list, an indication that he probably won't be making his major debut there in 2019.

Roland Garros 2019 wildcards (men's singles)

Main draw

1. BARRÈRE, Grégoire (FRA)
2. HALYS, Quentin (FRA)
3. HOANG, Antoine (FRA)
4. JANVIER, Maxime (FRA)
5. MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA)
6. MOUTET, Corentin (FRA)
7. POPYRIN, Alexei (AUS)
8. PAUL, Tommy (USA)
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Qualifying event

1. BENCHETRIT, Elliot (FRA)
2. BLANCANEAUX, Geoffrey (FRA)
3. CORNUT-CHAUVINC, Antoine (FRA)
4. DENOLLY, Corentin (FRA)
5. GASTON, Hugo (FRA)
6. GUINARD, Manuel (FRA)
7. MARTINEAU, Mattéo (FRA)
8. MULLER, Alexandre (FRA)
9. TATLOT, Johan-Sébastien (FRA)
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The wildcards have been announced for this year's French Open and Jannik Sinner's name isn't on the list, an indication that he probably won't be making his major debut there in 2019.

Roland Garros 2019 wildcards (men's singles)

Main draw

1. BARRÈRE, Grégoire (FRA)
2. HALYS, Quentin (FRA)
3. HOANG, Antoine (FRA)
4. JANVIER, Maxime (FRA)
5. MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA)
6. MOUTET, Corentin (FRA)
7. POPYRIN, Alexei (AUS)
8. PAUL, Tommy (USA)
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Qualifying event

1. BENCHETRIT, Elliot (FRA)
2. BLANCANEAUX, Geoffrey (FRA)
3. CORNUT-CHAUVINC, Antoine (FRA)
4. DENOLLY, Corentin (FRA)
5. GASTON, Hugo (FRA)
6. GUINARD, Manuel (FRA)
7. MARTINEAU, Mattéo (FRA)
8. MULLER, Alexandre (FRA)
9. TATLOT, Johan-Sébastien (FRA)
-

This can’t be real. Where is Fokina???
 
Seriously - they gave wildcards to a few once-promising juniors who have done absolutely dick-all for the last couple of years instead of new talent that's been getting results??
They’re all French with the exception of the reciprocal TA and USTA WCs to Popyrin and Paul. That’s the FFT’s MO every year.
 
Forgive sinnertom for failing to share with all here that Jannik received a WC into the qualies of ATP250 Lyon and he has won his first match in three sets vs Antoine Hoang.
 
And a winnable match for Jannik Sinner against home hope Tristan Lamasine in the second and final round of qualifying in Lyon. The Italian will be ranked around no. 230 when the new singles rankings are issued next Monday.
 
And a winnable match for Jannik Sinner against home hope Tristan Lamasine in the second and final round of qualifying in Lyon. The Italian will be ranked around no. 230 when the new singles rankings are issued next Monday.
Jannik was the only teen winner there today with both Kuhn and Popyrin suffering losses.

Lamasine did well to beat #2 seed Bublik, handling the big serve (15 aces) and power game, 6-2 2-6 7-5 in 1:35...not a lot of rallies apparently. I like Sinner’s chances though if he’s fresh. He played a bit longer (2:04) but closed with a breadstick.
 
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