From Suspension to Triumph: Kamil Majchrzak's Unforgettable Journey

Kamil Majchrzak served suspension and returned in style

by Jovica Ilic
From Suspension to Triumph: Kamil Majchrzak's Unforgettable Journey
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The 27-year-old Kamil Majchrzak is back in action after serving a 13-month suspension, winning M15 Futures in Monastir after a dominant run. Former world no. 75 missed the entire 2023 season, serving a suspension given by the International Tennis Integrity Agency after failing a drug test.

Kamil provided samples from Sofia, Tokyo, Seoul and Busan (he won the title there), and they contained three banned substances. Majchrzak accepted the suspension and started from the beginning in 2024. Unranked, the Pole received a qualifying wild card at the Futures event in Monastir.

Kamil faced eight rivals en route to the title, beating them in straight sets and returning to action in style. Majchrzak wrapped up the 2022 season in the top-100. He certainly did not forget how to play competitive tennis, outplaying the entire field in Monastir and lifting his second consecutive Futures crown after France F24 Futures in October 2017!

Kamil's first match in over a year came in the first qualifying round against the Dane Philip Hjorth.

Kamil Majchrzak, Monastir 2024© Facebook - Kamil Majchrzak

The Pole earned a 6-4, 6-4 win before securing a dominant 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Ibrahim Snoussi.

Dimitris Sakellaridis could not give a four-time Challenger champion a proper fight, with Majchrzak sailing through 6-2, 6-0 for a place in the main draw. Majchrzak kicked off the main action in style, destroying fellow qualifier Geni Inoue 6-0, 6-0 in 50 minutes, securing his second double bagel of the week and racing into the second round.

Kamil lost five points behind the initial shot, never facing a break point and mounting the pressure on the other side. Inoue served at 74%, but it gave him nothing, collecting ten points in his games and failing to hold. Majchrzak broke at 15 in the encounter's first game and held at love a few minutes later for 2-0 and a boost.

The Japanese saved a break point in the third game before the Pole seized the second for 3-0. Kamil broke again in game five and held at 30 in the next one for 6-0. Majchrzak broke at 15 at the beginning of the second set and came back from 0-30 in game two, extending his streak.

Kamil Majchrzak claimed the Futures title after serving a suspension.

The Pole stole the rival's serve in game three and clinched his tenth game in a row with a hold at love. Kamil earned his sixth consecutive break for 5-0 and held at love in the next one for a perfect triumph in no time.

Majchrzak faced Oliver Tarvet in the second round and celebrated a 6-3, 6-4 win in an hour and 44 minutes. Kamil served at 70% and produced a clinic behind the second serve, losing serve once from three chances offered to his rival.

The Pole earned three breaks from five opportunities, doing enough to emerge at the top and reach the quarter-final. Majchrzak made a reliable start and broke at 15 in the encounter's second game. He held at 30 in game three for 3-0 before facing three break points at 3-1.

The Briton seized the third, reducing the deficit and fending off a break point in the next one, locking the result at 3-3. Kamil responded nicely, delivering holds at 15 in games seven and nine and the pivotal break at 4-3 that led him toward the opener.

The Pole broke at the start of the second set and held at love for 2-0, rattling off five games. Majchrzak fired two aces in game four for 3-1 and held at love again two games later, opening a 4-2 advantage. Kamil served for the victory at 5-4 and held at 30 to emerge at the top and remain on the title course.

Ilia Simakin stood no chance against a former top-80 player in the quarter-final, with Majchrzak earning a 6-0, 6-3 triumph in 53 minutes. The Pole served at 73% and dropped eight points in his games, offering his rival no break chances.

Ilia played against five break points, and Kamil earned four breaks, enough to sail over the top. Majchrzak made a flying start, losing two points in his games in the opener and breaking the opponent three times for a bagel, his sixth of the week.

Still serving well, Kamil grabbed a break in the second set's second game that sent him in front. They served well in the remaining games, and Majchrzak held at 5-3 to seal the deal and enter the last four.

Kamil Majchrzak, Monastir 2024© Facebook - Kamil Majchrzak

Kamil battled against the 6th seed Tao Mu in the semi-final and delivered a 6-0, 6-4 win in 64 minutes, securing a place in the title clash.

Majchrzak served at 71% and kept the second serve safe, losing serve once and seizing five out of six break chances. The Pole dominated the opener and broke at 1-1 in the second set. The Chinese responded with a fine return display in game four, leveling the score at 2-2.

Kamil broke again in game seven and emerged at the top with holds at love in games eight and ten. The 4th seed Ryuki Matsuda stood no chance in the final, with Majchrzak beating him 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and 20 minutes for the title.

Kamil lost eight points behind the initial shot, never facing a break point. The Pole delivered five breaks, enough to sail over the top and lift the trophy. The Pole broke the Japanese in the encounter's second game and moved 5-1 up with another return game on his tally.

Kamil held at 15 in game seven for 6-1 and a boost. Majchrzak claimed the second set's opening four games, held at love for 5-1 and secured another break in game seven, completing a perfect comeback week.

Kamil Majchrzak