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Ricardas Advances in Roland Garros Qualifiers; Pico Reaches Quarter-Finals in Dusseldorf

22 May 2014

May 21st, the second day of this year’s Roland Garros qualifiers, saw the continuation of matches postponed on day one due to adverse weather. Among the postponed was the match between Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis (EZONE Ai 98, PTGSPN, SHT-PRO) and Austria’s Martin Fischer. Cut off in the middle of their third, deciding set; the two hit the clay again yesterday, with Ricardas coming out on top. Utilizing break points he won the previous day, the 23-year-old Lithuanian star concluded his match with a final score of 6-4 3-6 6-3. He’s off to a promising start at this year’s Roland Garros.

YONEX’s EZONE Ai series of rackets, used by Ricardas in his recent qualifying match, has seen very good press recently. In February, the EZONE Ai 100 was selected as the best tennis racquet in Germany’s tennis magazine, tennis MAGAZIN. Earlier this month in the Netherland’s tennis magazine,, the EZONE Ai 108 won in a performance test. Testers praised the racquet’s flexibility, and how it reduces errors on the court. While good for beginners, pros like Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98) also use the EZONE Ai to win their big matches.

Meanwhile, at the Dusseldorf Open, defending champion Juan “Pico” Monaco (VCORE Xi 98) reached the quarter-finals. A video of him talking about his performance and his VCORE Xi has been uploaded to YouTube. Give it a look!

Pico in Dusseldorf:

*Photo of Berankis from 2013 US Open.