NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Luke Johnson of Great Britain hits a forehand during day 1 of the Nottingham Trophy at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 13, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Luke Johnson made final of ITF Oldenzaal

By Glenys Furness

  • Luke Johnson made the final in Oldenzaal
  • Brit was sixth seed and was defeated by second seed
OLDENZAAL, NETHERLANDS – Luke Johnson entered the ITF event and was the sixth seed. The Brit mad the final before being defeated.


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Luke Johnson entered the ITF event in The Netherlands. The Brit was the sixth seed. In the first round Johnson was drawn against Romain Faucon. The Belgian found the Brit too good in the first set, as Johnson secured the break of serve to take the lead. The second set was closer as Faucon stayed toe to toe with the Brit. However, Johnson broke serve right at the end of the set to move into the next round 6-3, 7-5.

In the second round Johnson was against Constantin Schmitz. The German stayed with the Brit in the first set, breaking right at the end to take the lead. However, Johnson fought back in the second set. The Brit dominated and levelled up the match. In the final set the Brit stayed on the front foot and broke Schmitz. The German was unable to fight back and Johnson moved into the quarter final 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw Johnson against Giles Hussey. The seed was outplayed by the other Brit who had come through qualifying in the first set. Hussey took advantage and broke serve to take the lead. However, just like the previous round the seed dominated the second set to level the match. In the final set it was Johnson that struck first to get the vital break of serve and moved into the semi-final 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

In the semi-final the Brit was against eighth seed Lorenzo Bocchi. The Italian started better and broke the serve of Johnson to take the lead. The Brit dominated the second set with the Italian struggling to hold serve. Johnson levelled up the match and it would be a one set shoot out. The final set was one way traffic as the Brit did not drop serve, the Italian could not hold serve all set and Johnson moved into the final 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.

The final saw the Brit against second seed Damien Wenger. The Swiss was too powerful for Johnson and broke the Brit in both sets. No matter what the Brit tried, he was unable to break back. Johnson ended the week as runner up, but it was a great week. The Brit lost the final 2-6, 3-6.


Challenger & ITF Round Up

George Loffhagen was defeated by Lorenzo Bocchi in the first round in Oldenzaal 6-2, 6-2.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Oscar Moraing in the first round in Oldenzaal 7-6(3), 6-2.

Emily Arbuthnott was defeated by Ekaterina Kazionova in the first round in Oldenzaal 6-2, 6-0.

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Damien Wenger in the quarter-final in Oldenzaal 7-6(4), 6-2.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Nino Serdarusic in the semi-final in Verona 6-1, 6-1.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Christopher Hayman in the second round in Koksijde 7-6(4), 6-4.

Arthur Fery was defeated by Alessandro Bega in the first round in Muttenz 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

Harry Wendelken was defeated by Alejo Lorenzo Lingua Lavallen in the first round in Lodz 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Toby Martin was defeated by Arthur Cazaux in the second round in Bacau 6-2, 6-1.

Giacomo Revelli was defeated by Sebastian Prechtel in the first round in Warmbad-Villach 6-3, 6-3.

Mattias Southcombe was defeated by Masamichi Imamura in the first round in Monastir 6-3, 6-1.

Naiktha Bains was defeated by Arantxa Rus in the first round in San Bartolome De Tirajana 6-3, 6-1.

Katie Swan was defeated by Seone Mendez in the first round in San Bartolome De Tirajana 6-2, 6-3.

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