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Thanasi Kokkinakis defeats Zizou Bergs in the Sarasota Challenger final. By ATP Staff

Thanasi Kokkinakis earned a double prize Sunday when he captured his sixth ATP Challenger Tour trophy and guaranteed his place in next month’s Roland Garros main draw.

The Australian defeated Belgian Zizou Bergs 6-3, 1-6, 6-0 in the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open final to claim his first clay-court title since 2021 and return to the Top 100 of the PIF ATP Rankings on Monday, the same day of Roland Garros' main draw cutoff.

“The prize was Roland Garros main draw [entry], the Grand Slam where I’ve had my best success,” World No. 94 Kokkinakis told commentator Mike Cation. “I’m just proud of the way I competed and found a way… It wasn’t pretty a lot of the week. Tricky conditions to play here honestly and I just tried to outscrap my opponent.”

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Thanasi Kokkinakis is crowned champion at the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open. Credit: Cliff Menezes

The third seed Kokkinakis overcame several obstacles throughout the week, from rain delays, windy conditions and a foot injury to lift the trophy.

“My foot was struggling. I was in the MRI room pretty much the day before I played, I was really struggling," Kokkinakis said. "Then match-by-match it started to feel a little bit better. I was playing with some swelling and just looking after it.”

The 28-year-old will next month make his fifth appearance at Roland Garros, where he has twice reached the third round (2015, 2023).

Bergs, 24, would have made his Top 100 debut in the PIF ATP Rankings had he defeated Kokkinakis in the championship.

In other ATP Challenger Tour action, Frenchman Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard claimed his third title at that level and second this season at the Morelos Open presentado por Metaxchange. The 6’8” 20-year-old hammered 118 aces across five matches — including 31 in his semi-final match — and defeated Colombian qualifier Nicolas Mejia 7-5, 7-5 in the title round.

“I’m very happy to get the title, to win a lot of good matches,” said Mpetshi Perricard, who is No. 162 in the PIF ATP Rankings, two spots shy of tying his career high. “I think the big key was being focussed at every moment, staying calm every point and playing my game.”

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Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard wins the Challenger 75 event in Morelos, Mexico. Credit: Regina Cortina

Italian Stefano Napolitano returned to the winners’ circle at the II Open Comunidad de Madrid in Spain, where he defeated Swiss Leandro Riedi 6-3, 6-3 in the final.

After suffering a seven year title drought, Napolitano, who turned 29 this past week, has surged to two Challenger titles this season to reach a career-high No. 125.

“I'm happy to take the title home, it was the icing on the cake for a great week,” Napolitano said. “It was my birthday this week and they gave me a cake. Madrid is a place that will stay in my heart. Winning a tournament without losing a set is something that doesn't happen very often.”

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Stefano Napolitano wins the Madrid Challenger. Credit: Alberto Simón

Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama won the Vitro Busan Open to claim his sixth Challenger title and first since 2019. The 31-year-old, who has been as high as No. 78 in the PIF ATP Rankings, downed home hope Seongchan Hong 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final, during which Uchiyama saved two set points in the opening set to gain an advantage.

“This is really big for me to stay confident with my career,” Uchiyama said. “I didn’t have a title since 2019, so sometimes I didn’t believe in myself to comeback to this level the last couple years. I had a big problem physically. I think this is my first step to going back to the Top 100.”

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Yasutaka Uchiyama in action at the Vitro Busan Open. Credit: Seo Jin Hwang

Slovakian Jozef Kovalik overcame top seed Zsombor Piros 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 to win his second Challenger title of the season at the Split Open in Croatia.

The 31-year-old has won 10 of his past 11 matches at the Challenger level, having also triumphed at last month’s 75 event in Zadar.


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trophy and guaranteed his place in next month's Roland Garros main draw.

How much money has Kokkinakis made? ›

Thanasi Kokkinakis
Prize money$3,848,393
Career record66–89 (42.6% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 65 (6 November 2023)
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How much prize money for challenger tennis? ›

Challengers offer $50,000 to $100,000 in prize money. These tournaments serve as a bridge between the Futures and the ATP World Tour, and enable players to earn more points per round than they do in the Futures events. In fact, a player can earn a Top 100 ranking by playing solely in Challengers.

Is Kokkinakis in a relationship? ›

Having made a name for himself on the court, there is also intrigue about Kokkinakis' personal life, especially as he tends to be extremely private about it. It turns out that the Australian, who was born to Greek parents in Adelaide, was dating Melbourne-based influencer Hannah Dal Sasso in 2023.

Does Kokkinakis speak Greek? ›

Although he is a born-and-bred Aussie, Kokkinakis' parents both have Greek roots. Despite never having lived in Geece, he can speak the language, with the help of an occasional English word to fill in the gaps!

How rich is Stefanos Tsitsipas? ›

As of 2024, Stefanos Tsitsipas has an estimated net worth of $25-30 million. In his career, he has earned the prize money of approximately $30,360,563. He is currently in the 12th position on the list of all-time earnings. He reached the finals of the 2023 Australian Open and the 2021 French Open.

How much did Pete Sampras make playing tennis? ›

Pete Sampras
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachPeter Fischer (1980–1989) Joe Brandi (1989–1991) Tim Gullikson (1992–1995) Vitas Gerulaitis (1994 Rome) Paul Annacone (1995–2001) Tom Gullikson (2001–2002) José Higueras (2002) Paul Annacone (2002)
Prize moneyUS$43,280,489 5th all-time in earnings
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Which tennis tournament pays the most? ›

2023 Tennis Tournament Winner's Prizes
  • ATP Finals. $4.41M.
  • WTA Finals. $3.07M.
  • U.S. Open. $3M.
  • Wimbledon. $2.97M.
  • French Open. $2.5M.
  • Australian Open. $2M.
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Does tennis player Keys have a boyfriend? ›

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Does kokkinakis have a butterfly tattoo? ›

His extensive tattoo collection was on display, including a butterfly on his thigh and and a swallow on his hand.

Is kokkinakis a Jehovah Witness? ›

Mr Minos Kokkinakis, a retired businessman of Greek nationality, was born into an Orthodox family at Sitia (Crete) in 1919. After becoming a Jehovah's Witness in 1936, he was arrested more than sixty times for proselytism. He was also interned and imprisoned on several occasions.

Can Kyrgios speak Greek? ›

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Does Medvedev speak Russian? ›

Not only does Medvedev speak fluent Russian, French and English, he also has a pretty good record against their native speakers.

Does Kokkinakis have a sponsor? ›

Thanasi Kokkinaskis is sponsored by Cotton On, as he donned Cotton On shorts at the 2022 Australian Open and it went viral. Kokkinakis, the winner of the 2022 Australian Open doubles, gained notoriety for wearing $40 Cotton On shorts while competing and is the first athlete to be sponsored by Cotton On.

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Prize moneyA$86,500,000 (2024)
Draw128 S (128 Q ) / 64 D (16 Q )
Current championsJannik Sinner (singles) Rohan Bopanna Matthew Ebden (doubles)
Most singles titlesNovak Djokovic (10)
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How much money is Djokovic? ›

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