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08-04-2015 04:03 AM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Yes, Burnie has always struck me as being the best run of our Challengers, with a rock solid sponsor in McDonald's and overall a very professional atmosphere. It beggars belief that the issue with the courts has come up in a mad rush at the last minute, and that a relatively small amount of funding cannot apparently be found to bring them up to standard.

Of course, being from Perth, the utter lack of will towards attracting and keeping tournaments in this part of the country is also shocking. I'm very parochial about the Hopman Cup, and am proud of the fact that it is a unique format for the tennis world (and all the complaints about it being a glorified exho seem to come from those who only watch dead mixed rubbers!) - but for us to not have even a futures this summer is ridiculous. Obviously the Northern Territory stumps up a lot of money for the Alice Springs futures...and just because the area around our fairly good quality state tennis centre is currently a construction site is no excuse to just give up...

Anyway, back to the now - great to see Dane Propoggia back at last this week in Bangkok. Like Matthew Barton and his ankle, Dane really seemed on the verge of a breakthrough after his efforts at AO qualies, but due to shoulder problems has been away for almost 3 months. He has a fair few points to defend coming up, so hopefully he can return to form quickly.

And something we missed last week was an encouraging run by the Tassie Devil himself, Harry Bourchier, to the semis of a 15k in Illinois. He joins Saville, Reid and Whittington this week in another one - and he's now not that far off breaking the Top 500. Along with Barton, his ball striking abilities add a touch of venom to the more grafting style of our other up and comers.
08-04-2015 03:16 AM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

If Burnie gets cancelled that will be very disappointing from my personal stance as it's my local event. I hope at least it will be replaced (maybe even a challenger at Melbourne Park?) as its place in the calendar is quite good and it usually attracts decent players and juniors fresh from the Open.

I don't see an issue with the Burnie event being in a small town, as long as its facilities are good enough. The courts obviously could be better, but their clubhouse is modern and recently redeveloped and the location of Burnie isn't too hard to get to. Until recently, Burnie had arguably the better tennis facility than anywhere in Launceston.
08-03-2015 09:48 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Originally Posted by Redline View Post
I am not sure which thread to put this in so I'll go with this one. I was very dissapointed to hear of the likely demise of the Burnie Tennis Challenger due to the quality of the courts. We just can't afford to lose challenger events.
Yes lack of challengers is certainly an issue. When they announced Canberra would get one later this year I thought that was a great thing, not only since makes it easy for me to go (!), but seemed to be a net gain in number of events. But if it turns out just to be a one for one substitution, that will be a great shame.

That said, it always seemed to me a bit weird to have a challenger in such a small town, especially with the Launceston also in Tas.

Given Australia has so few tour ATP events, don't see why you wouldn't make a challenger series around more of the State capitals, and promote them (and the lower ranked players) a lot better, plus do more to ensure that the appropriately ranked Oz men actually play them.
08-03-2015 12:52 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

I am not sure which thread to put this in so I'll go with this one. I was very dissapointed to hear of the likely demise of the Burnie Tennis Challenger due to the quality of the courts. We just can't afford to lose challenger events.
05-13-2015 09:19 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

This isn't proving to be a great one for the Oz lads.

Two of those who hoped to get into Rome (Duckworth and Kokk) forced to play challenger instead.

Lots in action at challenger level but:

- five first round losses (Groth, Saville, Bolt, Millman, JP)
- two second round (Duckworth, Kubler) with two yet to be played (Barton and Kokk)
- for one QF reached so far (Ebden).
05-13-2015 06:01 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

05-13-2015 01:01 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

AussieAdz and I have spoken I am going to update the challenger list and he is going to do the futures

Good win for Ebden beating clay courter Clezar in sraights to reach the quarterfinals.
05-13-2015 01:00 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Bordeaux CH Red Clay:

QR1: (1) Kokkinakis Def Bye
QR2: (1) Kokkinakis Def Rochette 6-1 6-3
FQR: (1) Kokkinakis Def (5) Viola 6-4 6-4

Round 1: (3) Duckworth Def (WC) Hayls 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3
Round 1: Coppejans Def (2) Groth 7-6(5) 6-3
Round 1: (Q) Kokkinakis Def Basilashvili 6-2 3-0 RET

Round 2: Zopp Def (3) Duckworth 6-2 6-7(2)6-4
Round 2: (Q)Kokkinakis Vs Coppejans

Heilbronn CH Red Clay:

Round 1: Kubler Def Jahn 6-7(12) 6-4 7-5
Round 1: Albot Def Millman 1-6 7-5 6-4

Round 2: Kubler Vs Beck

Smarkland CH Red Clay:

Round 1: Ebden Def Zaticev 6-1 5-7 7-6(4)

Round 2: Ebden Def Clezar 7-6(5) 6-4

QF: Ebden Vs Westerhof

Seoul CH Hard:

QR1: (1) Wu Def Mott 6-4 6-2
QR1: (2) Barton Def Wang 6-3 7-6(9)
QR1: O'Connell Def Whittington WO
QR1: (7) Jasika Def (WC) Kim 6-1 6-1

QR2: (2) Barton Def (WC) Lee 6-0 6-3
QR2: O'Connell Def (7) Jasika 6-4 3-6 6-4

FQR: (2) Barton Def O'Connell 6-2 2-6 6-2

Round 1: (1) Lu Def Saville 6-1 4-6 6-2
Round 1: Jenkins Def Smith 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3
Round 1: Niki Def Bolt 5-7 6-4 7-6(5)
Round 1: (Q) Barton Def (4) Ito 6-2 7-6(1)

Round 2: (Q) Barton Vs (Q) Kutrovsky
05-13-2015 11:11 AM
The Lad
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Originally Posted by scotthongkong View Post
AussieAdz thank you for your hard work. I appreciate it.
X2, It's awesome work you do AussieAdz, really love your efforts.
05-13-2015 10:52 AM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

AussieAdz thank you for your hard work. I appreciate it.
05-13-2015 01:47 AM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Yeah I would do a separate thread for juniors.
05-12-2015 10:56 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Aussi Adz - Thanks for doing all this work, but could I suggest setting up separate threads for juniors and futures, or maybe for daily results?

The thread is going to get pretty crowded fast with all this stuff, and I suspect that while a lot of us (well me at least) enjoy the commentary posts on how some of these lads are shaping up/what happened in a particular match (not least to see if it is worth going back to watch it), we aren't really following them this closely.

Not saying don't do it, because there probably are others who do follow the kids just because they are Australians, just suggesting put them in a clearly marked thread without too much else happening in it?

Just a suggestion.
05-12-2015 09:58 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Aussie Juniors in Main Draw Action this week: -

R64 - Alex De Minaur (1999) lost to Shohei Chikami [JPN] 6-3 6-4
R32 - Jake Delaney (1997) [9] def Samuele Ramazzotti [ITA] 7-6(5) 6-3
R16 - Jake Delaney (1997) [9] vs Sora Fukuda [7/JPN]

R32 - Daniel Nolan (1997) [7] def Robert Steinhauser [CZE] 6-4 6-3
R32 - Alexei Popyrin (1999) [Q] def Vit Kopriva [6/CZE] 6-1 1-6 6-3
R16 - Daniel Nolan (1997) [7] vs Zsombor Piros [HUN]
R16 - Alexei Popyrin (1999) [Q] vs Artem Dubrivnyy [RUS]

R32 - Richard Yang (1998) [4] def Changli Zhang [CHN] 6-2 6-4
R32 - Michael Commings (1998) [7] lost to Tao Mu [CHN] 7-6(9) 6-3
R32 - Moerani Bouzige (1999) def Wenmao Li [Q/CHN] 6-2 6-2
R16 - Richard Yang (1998) [4] vs Chung Hun Tsai [TPE]
R16 - Moerani Bouzige (1999) vs Cing-Yang Meng [2/TPE]

R32 - Nathanael Consalvo (1999) def Pol Vaquero Fernandez [Q/ESP] 6-4 6-0
R16 - Nathanael Consalvo (1999) vs Karl Freiberg [2/SWE]
05-12-2015 09:46 PM
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Aussies in Main Draw Futures this week: -

R32 - Jarryd Chaplin [Q] vs Kevin Jack Carpenter [TRI]

R32 - Gavin Van Peperzeel [4] def Peter Vajda [Q/SVK] 6-4 7-6
R32 - Maverick Banes [6] lost to Ivo Mijic [Q/GER] 6-4 6-4
R16 - Gavin Van Peperzeel [4] vs Sumit Nagal [IND]

R32 - Tristan Tringali [WC] lost to Petros Chrysochos [6/CYP] 6-0 6-0
R32 - Ryan Agar vs Marcus Walters [GBR]

R32 - Jordan Thompson [2] def Cristian Carli [ITA] 6-2 6-0
R16 - Jordan Thompson [2] vs Matteo Berrettini [WC/ITA]

R32 - Harrison Lombe [WC] vs Peter Bothwell [Q/IRL]

R32 - Harry Bourchier [5] vs Lucian Vespan [Q/ROU]
05-12-2015 01:13 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Thought Kubler can play on clay and grass, just not hard courts. So 2 slams available?
Yes, in theory - though when was the last time he actually played a competitive match on grass? And as surfaces go, even with the slowing in recent years, it's as big a contrast with what he plays on 90% of the time as can be imagined.

But I hope he does decide to try a grass Challenger and Wimbledon qualies one day...
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