Jack Draper entered the Challenger in Bergamo and was the top seed. In the first round Draper drew alternate Francesco Maestrelli. The seed and Italian stayed toe to toe at the start of the set before the Brit secured the break of seed and took the lead. The second set followed more of the same. Eventually, Draper broke again and moved into the next round in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
The second round saw Draper against another Italian, Andrea Vavassori. The Brit broke early in the first set and took the lead. The second set was closer, as Vavassori tried to fight back. However, no matter what the Italian tried, he was unable to get anything on the Draper serve. The Brit secured his own break of serve and moved into the next round 6-3, 6-4.
In the quarter-final Draper was against fellow Brit Billy Harris. The first set saw the top seed dominate as Harris was unable to prevent Draper from breaking serve to move ahead. The second set was a little closer, as Harris started to find his game. Ultimately, though, it was Draper who secured the break of serve and moved into the next round 6-2, 6-3.
The semi-final saw the top seed against American Brandon Nakashima. The Brit dominated the first set as Nakashima struggled to stay with Draper. The second set saw the American re-group and break Draper to level up the match. The final set was very close as both players went toe to toe. Just as it looked to be heading to a tiebreak, the Brit broke through and moved into the final 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.
In the final, the Brit was against fifth seed David Goffin. The Belgian got the jump on the top seed and dominated to take the lead. Draper re-grouped in the second and managed to force a tiebreak, which the Brit won to level up the match. The final set went to and fro, with breaks coming regularly. However, eventually, Draper secured the vital break of serve and lifted the title 1-6, 7-6, 6-3.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Arthur Fery was defeated by Liam Broady in the first round in Bergamo 6-3, 7-6(4).
Liam Broady was defeated by Brandon Nakashima in the second round in Bergamo 6-4, 6-0.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Alexander Ritschard in the first round in Charlottesville 6-4, 6-4.
Jan Choinski was defeated by Alibek Kachmazov in the first round in Ismaning 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
Ben Jones was defeated by Colin Markes in the first round in Edmonton 6-4, 6-3.
Eden Silva was defeated by Kylie McKenzie in the first round in Edmonton 6-4, 6-2.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Fanni Stoller in the second round in Edmonton 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Charles Broom was defeated by Giles Hussey in the semi-final in Edmonton 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Giles Hussey was defeated by Justin Boulais in the final in Edmonton 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-0.
Adam Jones was defeated by Alberto Lim in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 6-1.
Jay Clarke was defeated by Harrison Adams in the quarter-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-2, 3-1(RET).
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Olle Wallin in the first round in Fayetteville 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(3).
Alexis Canter was defeated by Volodymyr Iakubenko in the first round in Al Zahra 6-4, 6-3.
Zach Stephens was defeated by Petr Nesterov in the quarter-final in Al Zahra 6-3, 6-2.
Heather Watson was defeated by Anna Kalinskaya in the first round in Midland 6-4, 6-4.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Matilda Mutavdzic in the first round in Nantes 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5).
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Polina Kudermetova in the second round in Nantes 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1.
Yuriko Lily Miyazaki was defeated by Gabriela Knutson in the quarter-final in Nantes 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1.
Emilie Lindh Gallagher was defeated by Dalila Spiteri in the semi-final in Solarino 7-6(7), 6-7(1), 7-5.
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