Suzanne Lenglen, the Goddess

(Jürgen Fritz, 24.05.2021) In six days, the French Open, the biggest clay tournament in the world, will begin at the Stade Roland Garros in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. Hundreds of male and female players from all over the world will then once again compete there, including on Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne Lenglen. But who was Suzanne Lenglen? She was born in Paris 122 years ago today and she was to become one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

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40 Tore: Lewandowski stellt Gerd Müller-Rekord von 1972 ein

(Jürgen Fritz, 18.05.2021) 40 Tore in einer Saison sind eigentlich eine Unmöglichkeit. Schon 30 sind ja kaum zu schaffen. Doch nicht für Robert Lewandowski. Seit 1976/77 hat nie wieder ein Spieler 30 Tore in einer Saison geschossen. In manchen Jahren (mehr als zehnmal) kam nicht mal einer an die 20 ran. Dreimal reichten 17 Treffer, um Torschützenkönig zu werden. Dann kam Lewandowski.

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Nadal wins in Rome and rises from 6 to 4 in the JFB 52 Week Ranking – Djokovic drops from 1 to 2

(Jürgen Fritz, 17.05.2021) Rafael Nadal won the Masters tournament in Rome (C) for the tenth time with a final victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic. In the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, the clay court king rises from 6 to 4 with only 8 tournaments played, but Djokovic drops from 1 to 2. The new leader is ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev. And his compatriot Aslan Karatsev enters the top ten for the first time.

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How the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking works

(Jürgen Fritz, 11.05.2021) The ATP Ranking, which is decisive for the seedings in professional tennis tournaments, has been modified several times since the pandemic break, much to the disadvantage of the young players. Now, results count not only for up to 12 months, but for up to 36 months. It also contains some other fundamental deficiencies and distortions. In order to have an overview of what actually happened in the last 52 weeks, without tendency skews, the JFB Ranking was developed.

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Zverev wins in Madrid and climbs from 7 to 4 in the JFB Ranking

(Jürgen Fritz, 10.05.2021) Alexander Zverev has won the Masters tournament in Madrid (C) for the second time since 2018. It was his first major title above the ATP 500 category (D) in two and a half years. As a result, the German climbs from 7 to 4 in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, while his final opponent Matteo Berrittini moves from 17 to 12, Madrid semi-finalist Casper Ruud from 15 to 13 and quarter-finalist Alexander Bublik from 31 to 26.

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Laureus Awards: Rafael Nadal named World Sportsman of the Year for the second time

(Jürgen Fritz, 07.05.2021) He is the greatest clay court player of all time and has long been a living sports legend. Now, at the age of 34, Rafael Nadal has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second time, ten years after his first honour. He had already been nominated for the sixth time (for his achievements in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2020) and has now received this award for the second time. Congratulations, Rafa, what an honour!

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Rafael Nadal on European clay: a look back

(Jürgen Fritz, 09.04.2021) April 2005: 18-year-old Rafael Nadal wins the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, the fourth largest clay court tournament in the world, for the first time, beating 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria in the final. A week later, he also wins the fifth largest clay tournament in Barcelona, beating 2003 French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final. Again two weeks later: Rafa also wins the second biggest clay tournament in the world in Rome, beats …

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Sinner and Hurkacz in the Miami Open final

(Jürgen Fritz, 03.04.2021) The Miami Open 2021 is the tournament of surprises. In the final of the first Masters 1000 event of the year, the fifth largest tournament in the world (96-player main draw), it is not Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem or Rafael Nadal, nor Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev or Andrey Rublev, but two completely different players that hardly anyone would have expected: Jannik Sinner and Hubert Hurkacz. How it came to this.

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Zverev fliegt in Miami gleich im ersten Match aus dem Turnier

(Jürgen Fritz, 27.03.2021) Er ging als einer der vier Top-Favoriten auf den Turniersieg in die Miami Open 2021, das mit einem 96er Feld fünftgrößte Turnier der Welt. Alexander Zverev wurde an Position 3 gesetzt. Nach seinem beeindruckenden Sieg in Acapulco (D) letzten Samstag durfte man sich Hoffnungen machen, dass der Deutsche auch in Miami (C) weit kommen könnte. Doch weit gefehlt. Gleich in seinem ersten Match gegen die 83 der Welt flog Zverev aus dem Turnier.

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Alexander Zverev wins in Acapulco first higher-ranked tournament since 2018

(Jürgen Fritz, 21.03.2021) Done! Alexander Zverev wins the ATP 500 tournament (D category) in Acapulco, beating world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 in the final after 2:17 hours. This is his first victory in a higher-ranked tournament above the ATP 250 series (E) since November 2018. At the D tournament in Dubai, however, there was a surprise final, quite unlike in Acapulco, where the tournament’s number one and number two faced each other in the final.

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Alexander Zverev gewinnt in Acapulco erstes höherrangiges Turnier seit 2018

(Jürgen Fritz, 21.03.2021) Geschafft! Alexander Zverev gewinnt das ATP 500 Turnier (D-Kategorie) in Acapulco, schlägt dort im Finale den Weltranglistenfünften Stefanos Tsitsipas nach 2:17 Stunden mit 6:4, 7:6. Dies ist sein erster Sieg bei einem höherrangigen Turnier oberhalb der ATP 250-Serie (E) seit November 2018. Beim D-Turnier in Dubai kam es dagegen ganz anders als in Acapulco, wo sich die Eins und die Zwei des Turniers im Endspiel gegenüberstanden, zu einem Überraschungsfinale.

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