Thompson beaten in semi-final in US

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Australia's Jordan Thompson has fallen to 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby in the semi-finals of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island.

The 27-year-old Sydneysider came into the grasscourt event in good form after beating Kei Nishikori to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

However he was defeated 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) by Brooksby who advanced to his maiden ATP Tour final.

"I was playing better at the end of the second set and brought that confidence to the tie break," said Brooksby.

Brooksby will play South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who ousted top-seeded Alexander Bublik, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) 7-5, in the first semi and is seeking a seventh tour title.

The matches were held prior to induction ceremonies into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The "Original 9" - a group of trailblazing women who started their own tour in 1970 !- highlighted the 2021 class along with former Australian star Lleyton Hewitt, who was unable to attend because of travel restrictions due to the COVID-10 pandemic.

He's expected to be honoured, in-person, next summer.

The Original 9's move led to establishment of the Women's Tennis Association, that started in 1973.

Also, the Hall was set to enshrine its class of 2020: Croatia's Goran Ivanisevic and Spaniard Conchita Martinez. Last year's ceremony and the tournament were postponed due to the pandemic.

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