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Tsonga, Bertens win French Open warm-ups

French veteran Jo Wilfried Tsonga won the Lyon Open, his third ATP Tour title of this season, after defeating Czech Tomas Berdych in the final on Saturday.

The second-seeded Frenchman overcame Berdych 7-6 (2), 7-5 in a keenly contested final. 32-year-old Tsonga snatched the 15th ATP title of his career, and his third in 2017, after wins in Marseilles and Rotterdam.

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Stan Wawrinka - Mischa Zverev to clash in Geneva final

Swiss top seed Stan Wawrinka has defeated Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the semi-finals of the Geneva Open and is now one win away from back-to-back titles at this clay-court event. He will next take on 29-year-old German qualifier Mischa Zverev, who came to the net judiciously and used his potent two-handed backhand to edge second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Wawrinka easily controlled his service games against Kuznetsov in the opening set on Friday, which he won on the strength of one service break.

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Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez to receive ITF's highest honour

The ITF today announced that Spanish duo Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez will receive the ITF’s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, for their services to the game as players and coaches. The award will be presented at the 2017 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 6 June in Paris at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines.

The Philippe Chatrier Award, named after the former ITF President, was introduced in 1996 and is awarded each year for outstanding contributions to tennis. Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, the All England Club, and 2016 Award winner Brad Parks are among the former recipients. 

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Maria Sharapova to play Rogers Cup

Five-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has been awarded a main draw wild card into the 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, taking place August 5-13 at Aviva Centre in Toronto.

“Maria is a Grand Slam champion and a fan favourite,” said Karl Hale, tournament director, Rogers Cup Toronto. “She has served her suspension and we know our guests will be excited to see her play. She will join what is set to be a star-studded field, as we look forward to welcoming the best of women’s tennis back to Toronto this summer. It should be a fantastic Rogers Cup filled with high-quality tennis and entertainment.”

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Azarenka confirms return to tennis ahead of Wimbledon

Former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Monday announced she is ready to return to the tennis court after maternity leave and is set to play in a grass-court event before Wimbledon.

The two-time semi-finalist at All England Lawn Tennis Club, gave birth to her first child, Leo, in December 2016.

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14 tennis players handed International Grand Slam Grants

Fourteen players from 12 countries have been selected to receive the first ever International Player Grand Slam® Grants financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF). The new Programme will provide total funding in 2017 of $650,000 to selected players from around the world as a contribution towards their competition-related costs with the aim of helping them to develop as professional tennis players and compete in Grand Slam tournaments.

The GSDF Committee has awarded grants to players who meet specific age, ranking and regional representation criteria and show exceptional potential. 

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Svitolina stuns injured Halep to win Italian Open title

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, World No.11, on Sunday rallied to beat Romania's Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the Italian Open tennis tournament final. Halep was slowed by an ankle injury in the third set and was unable to put up much of a fight.

Svitolina is having a career year, adding the Italian Open championship to her titles in Istanbul, Taipei and Dubai. The 22-year-old Ukrainian has won four titles and 31 matches this season, putting her at the top of the list in both categories.

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