Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 12 April 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Jordan Thompson has made a winning start to his Monte-Carlo campaign, scoring a three-set win against France’s Benoit Paire in the opening round.

Thompson battled for three hours to overcome world No.35 Paire 6-4 6-7(3) 7-6(5). With 17 service breaks there were plenty of twists and turns throughout the first-round encounter – but Thompson held his nerve in a tense finish, winning six of the final eight points of the match.

It is Thompson’s third career top-50 win on clay.

Alexei Popyrin sealed his place in the main draw at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament, defeating Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann in the final qualifying round. However, Bernard Tomic lost his final qualifying match.


Men’s singles, first round
Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-4 6-7(3) 7-6(5)

Men’s singles, qualifying final round
[8] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) d Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 3-6 7-5 6-4
[11] Salvatore Caruso (ITA) d [WC] Bernard Tomic (AUS) 7-6(2) 6-0

Men’s doubles, first round
Fabio Fognini (ITA)/Diego Schwartzman (ARG) d Oliver Marach (AUT)/Luke Saville (AUS) 6-4 7-5

Men’s singles, first round
John Millman (AUS) v Ugo Humbert (FRA)
Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
[Q] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v Pablo Andujar (ESP)

Men’s singles, second round
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v TBC

Men’s doubles, first round
Alex de Minaur (AUS)/John Peers (AUS) v Raven Klaasen (RSA)/Ben McLachlan (JPN)

Charleston, USA

Storm Sanders has continued her good form, qualifying for a WTA 250 tournament in Charleston.

Sanders scored a straight-sets win against Japan’s Kurumi Nara to qualify for a WTA event for the third time so far this season.

The 26-year-old Sanders joins Ajla Tomljanovic and Astra Sharma in the main draw.


Women’s singles, final qualifying round
Storm Sanders (AUS) d [7] Kurumi Nara (JPN) 7-6(4) 6-2
Claire Liu (USA) d Ellen Perez (AUS) 2-6 6-4 6-0

Women’s singles, first round
[6] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Renata Zarazua (MEX)
Astra Sharma (AUS)
v Wang Yafan (CHN)
[Q] Storm Sanders (AUS) v [Q] Claire Liu (USA)

Women’s doubles, first round
[1] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Storm Sanders (AUS) v Kurumi Nara (JPN)/Makoto Ninomiya (JPN)
[4] Arina Rodionova (AUS)/Rosalie Van Der Hoek (NED) v Jamie Loeb (USA)/Erin Routliffe (NZL)
Astra Sharma (AUS)/Naomi Broady (GBR) v [3] Misaki Doi(JPN)/Nao Hibino (JPN)