Jack Draper at the Nature Valley Open, Nottingham 2019
Jack Draper at the Nature Valley Open, Nottingham 2019 | (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Jack Draper claims ATP Challenger Forli

By Glenys Furness

  • Jack Draper claims second challenger title
  • Brit dropped one set en route
FORLI, ITALY – Jack Draper entered the Challenger event in Forli, the Brit was unseeded. Draper took out the top seed en route to the title.


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Jack Draper stayed in Italy and entered the fourth Forli Challenger. The Brit drew Mirza Bašić in the first round. The Bosnian was no match for the Brit in the match. Draper dominated both sets as the Bosnian was unable to get back into the match. Draper moved into the next round in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

In the second round the Brit was against the top seed Quentin Halys. The Frenchman stayed toe to toe with Draper in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. In the breaker it was the Brit who took the lead and sealed the set. The second set was a little easier for Draper, he secured a break of serve against the top seed serve and moved into the next round 7-6, 6-4.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against qualifier Evan Furness. The Frenchman was outclassed by Draper in the first set. The Brit dominated and moved into the lead. The second set saw Furness try to get back on terms with the Brit, however Draper secured the break of serve required and moved into the next round 6-2, 6-3.

In the semi-final Draper was against qualifier Yosuke Watanuki. The Japanese stayed with the Brit in the first set, and it looked to be heading to a tiebreak. However, right towards the end of the set the Brit secured the break of serve to move ahead. The second set saw Draper secure a break of serve and booked a spot in the semi-final 7-5, 6-3.

The final saw Draper against qualifier Tim Van Rijthoven. The Dutchman was out played by the Brit in the first set. Van Rijthoven tried to mount a fightback but the Brit once again dominated and claimed his second ATP Challenger title 6-1, 6-2.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Jay Clarke was defeated by Aleksander Vukic in the second round in Bengaluru 6-1, 6-3.

Blu Baker was defeated by Felix Corwin in the first round in Naples, Florida 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Toby Martin was defeated by Corentin Denolly in the second round in Naples, Florida 6-3, 7-6(0).

Naiktha Bains was defeated by Zoe Kruger in the first round in Canberra 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Diana Martynov in the first round in Monastir 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Next Week Brits play in Welwyn Garden City, Acapulco, Dubai, Forli, Pau, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Egypt, USA, Doha, Guadalajara, Kazahkstan, Turkey & Tunisia.



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