Jack Draper entered the ATP Challenger event in France and was the eighth seed. The Brit drew Radu Albot in the first round. The Moldovan was no match for Draper who dominated from the outset. No matter what Albot tried, the seed was equal to it. Draper eased through the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The second round saw Draper against Tristan Lamasine. The Frenchman had the crowd support at this indoor tournament. Lamasine stayed with the Brit in the first set, before the seed managed to secure the vital break of serve and take the lead. The second set was more of the same, with Lamasine trying to get back on terms and level the match. However, Draper was having non of it, and broke serve to move into the next round in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
In the quarter-final Draper was against Gijs Brouwer. The seed dominated the first set, barely putting a foot wrong as the Dutchman struggled to stay with the Brit. The second set was a little closer, as Brouwer played better. However, Draper managed to secure the vital break of serve and move on 6-1, 6-4.
The semi-final saw the Brit against second seed Luca Van Assche. The first set was incredibly close, as neither player gave an inch. It looked to be heading to a tiebreak, before the Brit managed to break the second seed serve and take the lead. The second set was easier for Draper, who broke early in the set and moved into the final in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.
In the final Draper was against unseeded Czech player Tomas Machac. The non seed stayed with Draper at the start of the first set, and managed to break the seed and took the lead. The Brit re-grouped and fought back in the second set. Draper levelled up after breaking Machac. The final set started equally, unfortunately, the Czech broke the Brit and took the title 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Arthur Fery was defeated by Richard Gasquet in the quarter-final in Orleans 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Jan Choinski was defeated by Duje Ajdukovic in the first round in Braga 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Abdullah Shelbayh in the semi-final in Charleston 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Ben Jones was defeated by Daniel Merida in the first round in Falun 6-4, 6-4.
Harry Wendelken was defeated by Edas Butvilas in the second round in Falun 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.
Giles Hussey was defeated by Anton Matusevich in the second round in Falun 7-6(5), 2-1 (RET).
Anton Matusevich was defeated by Karl Friberg in the quarter-final in Falun 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Felix Gill was defeated by Vilius Gaubas in the final in Sabadell 6-4, 6-4.
Adam Jones was defeated by Joshua Sheehy in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 6-4.
Freddie Ridout was defeated by David Quayle in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 6-3.
David Quayle was defeated by Stuart Parker in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 7-6(4).
Danielle Daley was defeated by Paula Cembranos in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Stuart Parker was defeated by Mohamed Safwat in the final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Millen Hurrion was defeated by Arthur Bouquier in the first round in Forbach 6-4, 7-6(7).
Hamish Stewart was defeated by Daniil Glinka in the final in Forbach 6-4, 6-4.
Imogen Haddad was defeated by Sofia Rojas in the first round in Monastir 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Phoenix Weir was defeated by Alexey Nesterov in the second round in Monastir 6-2, 6-2.
Jasmine Conway was defeated by Viola Turini in the second round in Monastir 3-6, 6-4 6-4.
Ranah Stoiber was defeated by Gina Feistel in the semi-final in Monastir 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Kathinka von Deichmann in the first round in Santarem 6-2, 6-2.
Anna Brogan was defeated by Alice Robbe in the first round in Santarem 6-2, 6-2.
Eden Silva was defeated by Katy Dunne in the first round in Santarem 6-4, 6-4.
Katy Dunne was defeated by Nefisa Berberovic in the second round in Santarem 6-0, 6-1.
Alexander Maggs was defeated by Olle Wallin in the first round in Albuquerque 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2.
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