James Ward faces long day at the office in Tazmania

By Phil James

Britain’s James Ward faces a long day at the Burnie International in Tasmania on Friday as he is scheduled to play two matches due to rain delays.

Ward’s second round match at against Australian qualifier James Lemke was due to be played on Wednesday, and then Thursday, but is now first up on Friday.

The victor will play again later that day against the winner of the match between Australian compatriots, third-seeded John Millman and qualifier Jordan Thompson, which was also delayed.

James Ward, ranked 270, beat sixth seed James Duckworth in round one and will be hopeful of beating Lemke who is ranked 282 places lower than the British number four.

After reaching the third qualifying round at both the Australian Open and Chennai Open, this is Ward’s first Challenger Tour tournament of the season as he continues him comeback from injury.