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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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Djokovic and Nadal in same half of French Open draw

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was scheduled to put up a highly-anticipated semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal as they were drawn into the bottom half in men' singles of the 2017 French Open.

Five Chinese girls faced mixed drawing fate here on Friday, 32nd-seeded Zhang Shuai possibly got the chance of beating her previous personal best in Roland Garros, while Wang Qiang and Zheng Saisai had an uphill challenge in the first round.

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Raonic, Bouchard learn first round opponents at Roland Garros

The singles draws are set for the 2017 edition of Roland-Garros and it will feature three Canadians, Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC), Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON).

In the opening round, Raonic, seeded fifth in the tournament thanks to his world no. 6 ranking and the absence of Roger Federer, will face world no. 38 Steve Darcis of Belgium. The Canadian’s path in Paris could potentially include a Round of 16 encounter with Grigor Dimitrov and a quarter-final battle against Rafael Nadal. Raonic is in the bottom of the draw in the same half as defending champion Novak Djokovic. Last year, Raonic fell in the fourth round to Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He is currently in Lyon competing in the semifinals against Czech Tomas Berdych.

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Thiem in Djokovic's quarter in exciting French Open draw

Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic and Spanish starlet Garbine Muguruza will begin the defence of their French Open titles against Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Italy's Francesca Schiavone, respectively, according to the draw held on Friday.

If Djokovic reaches the last 16, the world No.2, may face Frenchman Lucas Pouille and in the quarterfinals Austrian Dominic Thiem.

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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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