World No. 110 Joao Sousa of Portugal will take on Kamil Majchrzak of Poland, the world 129 in the first round of the 2021 Lyon Open on Tuesday, May 18. Get the live streaming options of this Joao Sousa v Kamil Majchrzak match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Joao Sousa v Kamil Majchrzak Head to Head
The pair have met once before in the qualifying competition for the Cincinnati Masters last year, the Pole winning in straight sets.
Sousa Hoping to Come Back to Form
Sousa has been the number one tennis player in Portugal for a number of years, and has been in ten ATP finals, winning three of them including one victory on clay on home soil in Estoril in 2018.
That, though, was his last success of any kind in singles and the days when he was a top 30 player are long gone.
His results in 2021 have been disappointing, with a second round defeat in Miami the best he has managed so far.
Since switching to clay and Europe, he failed to qualify for Monte Carlo, got knocked out in the first round in Belgrade, and then lost at the same stage in Estoril.
However, he has at least managed to qualify for the main draw in Lyon, having overcome the challenge of Roberto Marcora of Italy and then Arthur Rinderknech of France.
Rinderknech was actually knocked out in the second round of qualifying by the Portuguese player Joao Sousa, but takes his place in the first round in Lyon as a lucky loser.
Majchrzak Makes Through the Qualifiers
Majchrzak has never won a senior ATP title, but he has won 11 junior tournaments, eight of them on clay, most recently in Prostejov, the Czech Republic, last September, when he beat Pablo Andujar in the final.
2021 has been a poor year for the 25-year old so far. He has consistently failed to qualify for events and, when he does get through, then gets knocked out in the first round.
The only exception to that was second round appearance in the Yarra Valley Classic, back in February.
Like Sousa, he has come through two rounds of qualifying to reach this stage, beating first Liam Broady of Great Britain and then Alessandro Giannessi of Italy. A win here will be a huge achievement given his performances otherwise.
Sousa v Majchrzak Prediction and Tip
This is a match between two men struggling for form in 2021, and both of whom have had to qualify. The only consolation they have going into this match is that one of them has to win! Majchrzak will start favourite courtesy of the fact that he won their only previous match.