Gene Mayer of the United States beat Italy's Francisco Cancellotti in straight sets in the first round of the 800 thousand US dollar European Champions' Tournament on November 13.
1. SV & GV Francesco Cancellotti serving to Gene Mayer. Mayer wins with back-hand passing shot (2 shots) 0.14
2. SV & GV Crowd watches as Cancellotti serves. Mayer wins rally with back-hand drop shot (3 shots) 0.36
3. SV Cancellotti serves, wins rally (2 shots) 0.51
4. SV & Gv Cancellotti serves, Mayer wins with forehand smash after a long rally (2 shots) 1.21
5. SV & Gv Cancellotti serves double-fault to lose match. Players shake hands and walk off court (4 shots) 1.36
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Gene Mayer of the United States beat Italy's Francisco Cancellotti in straight sets in the first round of the 800 thousand US dollar European Champions' Tournament on November 13. The American dominated most of the game to gain a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Although Cancellotti made a good start, Mayer showed his class to take the first set. His superior shot placements and net play allowed him to break the Italian's serve twice to win four games in a row in the second set. Cancellotti pulled back the score to 1-5 but a double fault gave Mayer the match in just 61 minutes. Mayer was to meet the number two seed Mats Wilander of Sweden in a second round match being played later in the week. The winner of the tournament will earn 200 thousand US dollars in prize money. The first player to win three times in five consecutive years will win a full-size racket containing six kilograms of gold and studded with 1,350 diamonds, valued at one million US dollars.