ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: A ball kid holds tennis balls during the men's singles grand final between Lloyd Harris of South Africa and Andrey Rublev of Russia on day seven of the 2020 Adelaide International at Memorial Drive on January 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Round up of the Non Wimbledon qualifying events
ITF CIRCUIT – With Wimbledon starting on Monday few Brits were in action outside of the qualifying events. Here we round up the action from this week.
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Billy Harris entered the ITF event in Antalya, Turkey. The Brit drew the eighth seed Argentine Facundo Juarez. Harris was dominated by the Argentine in the first set. The Brit held serve a couple of times in the first set, as Juarez took the set. In the second set the seed was in complete control, with the Brit only getting one game on the board. Juarez defeated Harris 6-2, 6-1. The Argentine went on to lift the trophy.
In Monastir, Tunisia, Mark Whitehouse drew Benjamin Winter Lopez in the first round. The Brit stayed toe to toe with the Spaniard in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Lopez stormed ahead in the tiebreak and although Whitehouse fought hard, the Spaniard took the set. The second set saw the Spaniard break the Brit early on and claimed the win 7-6(3), 6-3.
Emilie Lindh was the fifth seed and drew Andre Lukosiute in the first round. The Brit forced a tiebreak in the first set, but the Lithuanian edged ahead. In the second set Lukosiute broke serve and moved into the next round 7-6(7), 7-5.
Oscar Weightman also entered the event in Monastir. The Brit made it through qualifying and into the main draw. In the first round Weightman was against Canadian Kelsey Stevenson. The Canadian dominated the first set with the Brit only getting one game on the board. However, the Brit re-grouped and managed to break Stevenson in both the remaining sets to take the win 1-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Weightman faced the second seed in the next round Lee Duck-Hee. The Korean managed to break the Brit in the first set and took the lead. In the second set Weightman stayed with the seed and forced a tiebreak. The Brit dominated the breaker to level up the match. In the final set the Brit was again broken by Duck-Hee who took the victory 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.
Amanda Carreras entered the event in Perigueux France and drew Italian fourth seed Federica Di Sarra. The Italian broke the Brit serve in the first set and took the lead. The second set saw Di Sarra break serve again to knock out Carreras 6-3, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in London (Wimbledon), Serbia, Spain, France, Turkey & Tunisia.
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