LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Billy Harris hits a forehand during Day Two of the British Tour at the National Tennis Centre on July 03, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Challenger, ITF & Doubles Round Up | Billy Harris claims doubles title in Winnipeg Challenger

By Glenys Furness

  • Billy Harris claims first challenger doubles title
  • Defeated top seeds in final
WINNIPEG, CANADA – Billy Harris teamed up with Kelsey Stevenson and entered the Challenger event. The Brit/Canadian were unseeded and lifted the title.

 

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Billy Harris and Kelsey Stevenson teamed up for the challenger event and were unseeded. In the first round the Brit/Canadian were against Li Tu & Hady Habib. The Brit/Canadian were broken in the first set and Tu & Habib had the lead. The second set went to a tiebreak which Harris & Stevenson took to level the match. The match tiebreak was very close, however the Brit/Canadian edged through and into the next round 4-6, 7-6, 14-12.

In the quarter-final Harris & Stevenson were against the fourth seeds Roberto Quiroz & Nicolas Mejia. The Ecuadorian/Colombian found the Brit/Canadian too good, and were broken in both sets. No matter what the seeds tried, they could not get back into the match. Harris & Stevenson moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

The semi-final saw Harris & Stevenson against Govind Nanda & Zachary Svajda. The American pairing tried to stay with the Brit/Canadian, but Harris & Stevenson broke serve and took the lead. The second set was a little closer as Nanda & Svajda tried to get back on terms. However, the Brit/Canadian broke serve again to book a spot in the final 6-3, 6-4.

In the final Harris & Stevenson were against the top seeds John-Patrick Smith & Max Schnur. The Australian/American dominated the first set and took the lead. However, the Brit/Canadian fought hard in the second set forcing a tiebreak. Harris & Stevenson took the breaker to level the match. The final match tiebreak was very close, however the Brit/Canadian edged through to give Harris his first ATP Challenger title 2-6, 7-6, 10-8.

 

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Doubles Round Up

Aidan McHugh with Gijs Brouwer were defeated by John-Patrick Smith & Max Schnur in the first round 7-6, 6-3.

Lloyd Glasspool with Harri Heliovaara were defeated by Fabio Fognini & Simone Bolelli in the final in Umag 5-7, 7-6, 10-7.

Ben Jones & Scott Duncan were defeated by Filipe Grebenstov & Robert Shelton in the quarter-final in Castelo Branco 7-5, 6-4.

Giacomo Revelli with Phillipp Pavlenko were defeated by James Frawley & Brandon Walkin in the quarter-final in Denia 7-5, 7-5.

Samantha Murray Sharan with Miyu Kato were defeated by Angelina Gabueva & Anastasia Zakharova in the semi-final in Prague 0-0 (RET).

Challenger & ITF Round Up

Billy Harris was defeated by Emilio Gomez in the first round in Winnipeg 6-3, 6-4.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Enzo Couacaud in the second round in Winnipeg 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Kyle Edmund was defeated by Alafia Ayeni in the second round in Winnipeg 7-6, 6-2.

Liam Broady was defeated by Alexis Galarneau in the quarter-final in Winnipeg 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.

Paul Jubb was defeated by Emilio Nava in the first round in Segovia 7-6, 6-2.

Ben Jones was defeated by Alexandros Skorilas in the first round in Castelo Branco 6-1, 6-3.

Giacomo Revelli was defeated by Mariano Navone in the second round in Denia 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

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