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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Monaco's Golden Prince Of Fair Play

NICOSIA, 6 June 2009 - Monaco took the top two medals in the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe in the tennis event after Jean-Rene Lisnard defeated fellow countryman Benjiamin Balleret in the final  2-1 (4-6, 6-1, 7-5).

Ranked at 220 in the world, Lisnard was the GSSE number one going into the event and rightly claimed first place in Cyprus. The Monaco tennis player also hung a second gold medal around his neck after teaming up with teammate Guillaume Couillard to take first place in the tennis doubles event.

Both the Monaco finalists served up a treat for the spectators in Nicosia with Lisnard coming back from behind to win in a thrilling contest. The gold medalist had previously between Arnar Sigurdsson of Iceland and Liechtensteinís Jirka Lokaj both with 2-0 victories.

Silver medal winner Balleret, who was ranked number two at the games, had defeated Daniel Ceros in the last 16 before beating home favourite Filippos Tsangaridis 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

He went on to beat Galvani in straight sets in the semifinals before falling at the final hurdle to his compatriot.

The bronze medal was shared between Stefano Galvani of San Marino and Liechtensteinís Jirka Lokaj.

Monaco tennis player Lisnard not only impressed with his tennis but also with his tremendous sportsmanship.

In the final against Balleret, and with Lisnard leading 4-2, the umpire had not spotted Lisnardís serve going marginally out. But instead of claiming the point that would have given him the game, he informed the umpire that the ball was out. The point was reversed and Lisnard served again, taking the point and the game in the process. His actions prompted a round of applause from the spectators.

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