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Ofner was eliminated from the grass tournament in Stuttgart

Ofner was eliminated from the grass tournament in Stuttgart

28-year-old Sebastian Offner was forced to concede defeat twice in the tie-break. He talks about “a good first game on grass against a tough opponent.” Jack Draper was seeded number six.

Sebastian Offner couldn't switch from sand to grass. The Styrian tennis professional was forced to concede defeat to British sixth seed Jack Draper 6:7 (4), 6:7 (5) at the start of the ATP 250 tournament in Stuttgart on Monday. Ofner still talks about “a good first match on grass against a tough opponent.”

The 28-year-old player had the opportunity against Draper, who is six years younger than him, in the match that was held on the center court after losing the first set in the second. Austria's current top tennis pro took a break to make it 3:2 and win the set at 5:4. But Draper managed to equalize and the match went into a tie-break again. There Offner fended off two more match points from his opponent before it ended after 1:39 hours.

“The first match on grass is never easy, especially against a left-handed player who serves like that. It was very difficult for me at first. I had a chance in the second set. But it can happen,” Offner said. Draper got the necessary points again with his serve, thus winning the first duel between professionals on the tour.

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In the world rankings, Ofner, who reached the third round of the French Open, lost seven places to occupy a new position of 52nd. Dominic Thiem, the second best Austrian, is now 134th (minus three), and Filip Misiewicz has moved up 56 places to 187th after reaching the second round in Paris.

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South Tyrol's Jannik Sinner leads for the first time in his career, and French Open winner Carlos Alcaraz is second in the ATP rankings ahead of Novak Djokovic. In the women's category, Polish Iga Swiatek, winner of the Paris race, is still in the lead, and American Coco Gauff beat Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka in second place. (Abba)

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