Baseline: Feb. 27 tennis report

Tennis: Jo Wilfried Tsonga continues his sizzling run, Jack Sock is a walkover winner in Delray Beach and a tennis patriarch passes away.

By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst

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  • Condolences to the McEnroe family on the passing of patriarch John P. McEnroe Sr. He was 81.
  • World No. 1 Andy Murray says that he suffered from a bout of shingles after his early exit from the Australian Open but declared himself healthy for his first event back in Dubai.
  • Novak Djokovic accepted a wild card into the Albierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.

BACKHANDS

ATP TOUR: Open 13 Provence

Final: Jo Wilfried Tsonga def. Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4

  • Tsonga won his second consecutive title at age 31 to move to 17-3 on the year and back into the Top 10 at No. 7. He now has 14 career titles.
  • Tsonga credited improved fitness, service return, serve and backhand for producing what he called “some of the best tennis of my career.”
  • Tsonga outmaneuvered inspired defending champion Nick Krygios in the semifinals, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4.
  • French veteran Richard Gasquet eliminated top seed Gaels Monfils 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals before a semifinal loss to resurgent compatriot Pouille in straight sets.

ATP TOUR: Delray Beach Open

Final: Jack Sock def. Milos Raonic via walkover

  • Top seed Raonic looked impressive all week with superior serving and execution to blast former U.S. Open champion and No. 7 seed Juan Martin Del Potro, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the semifinals. But the world No. 4 bowed out of the final with a hamstring strain, gifting Sock with his second title of the year and a rise in the ranking to No. 18.

ATP TOUR: Rio Open

Final: Dominique Thiem def. Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-4

  • No. 9 ranked Thiem dismissed a sluggish start to the season by notching his eighth career title over No. 4 seed Carreno Busta.
  • Top seed Kei Nishikori made uncharacteristic unforced errors in a first-round tumble to Thomas Bellucci, 6-4, 6-3.

WTA TOUR: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Final: Elina Svitolina def. Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2

  • For the third time, Ukraine’s Svitolina toppled No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals. The 22-year-old then overpowered a resurgent Wozniacki to break the Top 10 ranks for the first time at No.10. Wozniacki will jump to No.14.
  • Cici Bellis, 17, continued her ascent up the ranks to No.56 by scoring her first Top 10 win in the third round over No.5 Agnieska Radwanska, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. She then succumbed to Wozniacki in straight sets in their quarterfinal matchup.
  • Kiki Mladenovic avenged her dramatic Fed Cup final loss to Karolina Pliskova with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the No.2 seed, who looked fatigued from coming off a title win the previous week in Doha.
  • No.4 seed Garbine Muguruza struggled again with confidence as well as an Achilles strain in retiring while trailing in the second round to Kateryna Bondarenko.

WTA TOUR: Hungarian Ladies Open

Final: Timea Babos def. Lucie Safarova 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3

  • Top seed Babos delighted her hometown crowd, including guest star Monica Seles, at the debut of this tour event to knock off No.3 seed Julia Goerges in the semifinals before beating No.2 seed Safarova for her first WTA title.

FOREHANDS

ATP TOUR: Dubai Duty Free Championships

  • Site: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Top seed: Andy Murray

ATP TOUR: Abierto Mexicano Telcel

  • Site: Acapulco, Mexico
  • Top seed: Novak Djokovic

ATP TOUR: Brasil Open

  • Site: Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Top seed: Pablo Carreno Busta

WTA TOUR: Abierto Mexicano Telcel

  • Site: Acapulco, Mexico
  • Top seed: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

WTA TOUR: Alta Malaysian Open

  • Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Top seed: Elina Svitolina

 

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