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Kozlov powers into quarter-finals at Las Vegas Tennis Open

Stefan Kozlov has been on the tennis scene for so long that it’s hard to believe he’s still not old enough to walk the Las Vegas Strip casinos and play a few dollars in the slot machines.

Ever since bursting onto the tennis scene way back in 2010 by making the final of the Boys’ 14s at the prestigious Easter Bowl USTA Spring Nationals, the 19-year-old Kozlov has always been considered a young prodigy destined for tennis stardom. There have been some bumps along the way, but the South Florida resident Kozlov said after his second-round win at the Las Vegas Tennis Open that he’s content with where he’s at. 

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Rebecca Marino set to make long awaited return to competitive tennis

Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that Rebecca Marino (Vancouver) will be making a return to competition after being away from the game for nearly five years. In February 2013, Marino decided to step away from tennis after revealing her battle with depression.  Now at 26 years years old, she will play her first tournaments in Saguenay and Toronto beginning this weekend.

“I’m excited to come back and play in Canada, especially in tournaments that I participated in a number of times in my career. I made the decision to return to professional tennis a couple of months ago and started training again during the first week of September. It’s been a pretty short training schedule, but I’m doing it because I enjoy it,” Marino said. “I don’t have any ranking goals or result goals right now, I just want to go in and enjoy the process and come at it from a different place than I was before. I want to be happy to be on court and compete, that’s all that matters to me.”

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Sandgren, Groth open with comfortable wins at Las Vegas Tennis Open

Top-seeded Tennys Sandgren and defending champion Sam Groth opened up with first-round wins on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Tennis Open, an ATP Challenger Tour $50,000 Men's Tournament taking place at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV.

Both Sandgren and Groth had similar score lines with Sandgren beating qualifier Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe, 6-2, 6-4, and the No. 7-seeded Groth downing wild-card and Ohio State senior Mikael Torpegaard of Denmark, 6-3, 6-4. Also given a wild card last year, the two-time All-American Torpegaard made it to the Las Vegas quarterfinals last year losing to eventual finalist Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. 

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Aussie girls in Singapore for WTA Future Stars

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Pearce (Adelaide, SA) and 16-year-old Megan Smith (Dalby, Qld) will represent Australia at the WTA Future Stars tournament this week in Singapore from 17 to 22 October.  Pearce and Smith won their respective 14-and-under and 16-and-under qualifying competitions earlier in the year to earn their spot in the prestigious junior tennis tournament.

The WTA Future Tennis Stars program is held alongside the WTA Finals, where the world’s top eight female players, including the likes of world No.1 Simona Halep, 2017 Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko and more battle it out for the end of year championship, the Billie Jean King Trophy. 

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Former NCAA Champ Marcos Giron springs major upset at Las Vegas Pro Open

Three former UCLA Bruin teammates went 2-1 in singles play on Monday during the final round of qualifying and first round of main draw play at the Las Vegas Tennis Open, an ATP Challenger Tour $50,000 Men's Tournament taking place at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV.

The 2014 NCAA singles champion from UCLA Marcos Giron was the most impressive as the unseeded 24-year-old Southern Californian upset No. 5 seeded Nilkola Milojevic of Serbia, 6-4, 7-6(1). Giron, who started the year hot by winning a USTA $25,000 Pro Circuit event in Long Beach, is looking to end it on a positive note playing in one of the final Challengers of the year. Milojevic is currently ranked No. 143 in the Emirates ATP Tour rankings. 

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Federer eases past Nadal to win Shanghai title

Roger Federer clinched his 94th career title and his second in Shanghai powering his way past world no.1 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Sunday.

Despite having had to battle harder in his semi-final victory over Juan Martin del Potro, Federer started brightly and broke Nadal's serve in the opening game of the match. From there on out, the set with serve, though Nadal had to work harder to hold his delivery. Federer in contrast was largely untroubled on his serve and closed out the opening set with an ace, 6-4.

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Ashleigh Barty set for Brisbane International

Queensland’s own world No.23 Ashleigh Barty will play the Brisbane International in 2018. The tenth edition of the Brisbane event is one of the strongest yet, with world No.21 Nick Kyrgios also set to join world No.1 Rafael Nadal (ESP), world No.3 Andy Murray (GBR) and defending champions Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) and Karolina Pliskova (CZE) in next year’s field.

“I can’t wait to play the Brisbane International, one of my favourite tournaments right here at home in Queensland,” Barty said. 

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