Jannik Sinner pulls out of Paris after late finish, organizer's questionable decision

Sinner was on the court until nearly 3 am before concluding his Paris opener.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jannik Sinner pulls out of Paris after late finish, organizer's questionable decision
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Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Paris Masters after finishing his match earlier today at 02:37 am and then being scheduled to play 12 hours later again. On Wednesday, the night session was delayed and it resulted in Sinner and Mackenzie McDonald taking to the court past midnight.

Sinner, ranked at No 4 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat McDonald 6-7 (6) 7-5 6-1. The match finished very late - at 02:37 am local time. Sinner was then scheduled to take on Alex de Minaur on Wednesday afternoon.

Sinner being scheduled for Thursday's day session drew lots of attention and many started calling out the Paris organizers. In the end, there won't be a Sinner and de Minaur match after the Italian decided to pull out of the tournament.

Sinner out of Paris after finishing very late against McDonald

In the first set, Sinner had a 5-4 lead and a chance to serve out for the match. But Sinner failed to serve out for the first set and McDonald ended up forcing a tie-break, in which he realized his second set point to steal the opener from the Italian.

After losing the first set, Sinner claimed the lone break of the second set in the 12th game - the game in which McDonald was serving to stay in the set. After winning a tight second set, Sinner earned back-to-back breaks in the fourth and sixth games of the third set to complete a big comeback win over McDonald.

“I lost the first set in a bad way and I’m still getting used to the conditions, but I’m happy about the win and to be in the next round. It was tough going on court after midnight, but it was nice to still have some crowd watching," Sinner said after winning a late-night thriller.

Now that Sinner is out of Paris, he will focus on being ready for the upcoming ATP Finals in Turin. The ATP Finals in Turin will be taking place between November 12-19.

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