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Eubanks to face Sell in Southern California Pro Futures Tournament Singles Finals

Christopher Eubanks had extra motivation to win matches this week at the Southern California Pro Futures Tournament.

Hours after beating No. 6 Kaichi Uchida of Japan in three sets, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-5, at the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 event being played at USC on Saturday, Atlanta’s Eubanks was still hanging out in the players’ lounge eagerly awaiting the 5:15 p.m. PT kickoff of the Atlanta Falcons-L.A. Rams NFL wild-card playoff game taking place just a few minutes’ walk across campus at the Memorial Coliseum.

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King Kyrgios crowned 2018 Brisbane International champion

Nick Kyrgios claimed his first ATP Tour title on home soil after a dominant defeat of American Ryan Harrison in the final of the 2018 Brisbane International.

Kyrgios was in imperious form at Pat Rafter Arena on Sunday night, sweeping past the American 6-4 6-2 to become the first Australian since Lleyton Hewitt in 2014 to capture the title in Brisbane.

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Gilles Simon crowned as Tata Open Champion

World no. 89 Gilles Simon was crowned as the Tata Open Maharashtra Champion after he beat second-seed Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-6, 6-2 in an entertaining final held at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium here in Pune on Saturday.

The unseeded Simon won his first ATP 250 World Tour event after having last won in Marseille in 2015. The 33-year-old Frenchman produced some amazing tennis throughout the tournament as he beat defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinal and then caused an upset beating top-seed and world no. six Marin Cilic in the semifinal.

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Big Day For Qualifier Karue Sell At Southern California Pro Futures Tournament

Karue Sell wishes every pro tournament he played took place in Southern California

The former four-year UCLA player from Brazil was right at home once again on Friday, winning his 10th consecutive match over the past seven days capturing the fourth annual Southern California Pro Futures doubles title with former Bruin teammate Martin Redlicki as the pair beat the top-seeded tandem of Luke Bambridge of Great Britain and Hans Hach Verdugo of Mexico, 6-4, 6-3, in the USTA $25,000 Pro Circuit event taking place at USC.

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Entertainers Extraordinaire Leconte and Bahrami return for World Tennis Challenge

Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami are set to make their return to the World Tennis Challenge from 8 to 10 January 2018 at Memorial Drive. Leconte and Bahrami will join the field as wildcards for the event following the withdrawal of Andre Agassi earlier this week.

“We are pleased to be welcoming Henri and Mansour back to the World Tennis Challenge. They have long been crowd favourites here in Adelaide and we look forward to having them back next week,” General Manager World Tennis Challenge David Hearne said.

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Lizette Cabrera receives a Hobart International wildcard

Rising Australian player Lizette Cabrera has been awarded a main draw wildcard into the Hobart International. The 20-year-old from Brisbane scored her first WTA main draw win at last year’s Hobart International and is excited to be returning in 2018.

“I really love Hobart, I think it’s one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been to and it was a really special time here last year,” Cabrera said. “Winning my first WTA match was a really big milestone for me, and definitely a great way to start the year – so I’m really excited to be back.”

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Hewitt and Kyrgios to take on Dimitrov and Zverev at FAST4 Showdown in Sydney

Australia’s Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt (SA) will team with Nick Kyrgios (ACT) to take on Grigor Dimitrov (BLR) and Alexander Zverev (GER), in the 2018 instalment of the FAST4 Showdown, when the innovative event returns to Sydney for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night.

The FAST4 Showdown, which has attracted sell-out crowds each year, will be held for the first time at Ken Rosewall Arena at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on Monday 8 January 2018 during the Sydney International.

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