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 | Tarvet claims first M15 title in ITF Monastir
Oliver Tarvet entered qualifying of the M15 event in Tunisia. The 19 year old Brit made the main draw and in the first round drew lucky loser Aleksandr Lobanov. The first set was close, as the Russian stayed close to the Brit. Eventually, Tarvet secured the break of serve to take the lead. The second set was easier for the Brit as Tarvet dominated to move into the next round 6-3, 6-2.
In the second round the 19 year old was against American Michael Zhu. Tarvet dominated the first set, as Zhu struggled to get into the match. The second set was much closer. The American stayed with the qualifier and it looked like a tiebreak would follow. However, the Brit managed to break serve right at the end and took the match in straight sets 6-1, 7-5.
The quarter-final saw Tarvet against another qualifier Loann Massard. The Brit had very little trouble with the Frenchman. In fact, Tarvet dominated the match from the outset. The 19 year old eased through into the semi-final dropping only one game 6-1, 6-0.
In the semi-final the Brit was against the top seed Alexis Gautier. The Frenchman stayed toe to toe with Tarvet in the first set and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker Gautier dominated and took the lead. The Brit re-grouped in the second set, and managed to break the Frenchman to level up the match. In the final set, Tarvet once again secured the vital break of serve and move into the final 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-3.
The final saw Tarvet against fellow qualifier Igor Kudriashov. Both finalists were 19 years old. The Brit totally dominated the Russian, who just could not get into the match. Tarvet soon had the match under control, and only lost one game in each set. The Brit lifted the trophy, his first at M15 level, in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Kyle Rae was defeated by Boris Butulija in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 7-5.
Hamish Stewart was defeated by Aziz Ouakaa in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Amelia Bissett was defeated by Lya Fernandez in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 6-3.
Billy Blaydes was defeated by James Connel in the second round in Monastir 6-4, 6-4.
James Connel was defeated by Gilbert Klier Junior in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-2, 7-5.
Oscar Weightman was defeated by Alex Martinez in the first round in Bakio 7-6(7), 6-3.
Anton Matusevich was defeated by Martin Landaluce in the quarter-final in Bourg-en-Bresse 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Emile Hudd was defeated by Edan Leshem in the second round in Netanya 6-1, 6-1.
Next week Brits play at Wimbledon, in France, Italy, Spain, USA, Tunisia, Portugal, & Switzerland.
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