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Yesterday 10:01 PM
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

And Whitts keeps the winning streak going, getting up in three set 76(4) 46 64 over 22 year-old Indian Ramkumar Ramanathan (ATP196).
In a high ranking Challenger it is going to be tough progressing further, but he is getting the right results at the right time, and his ranking is improving rapidly.
Yesterday 01:35 PM
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For me, the USO wildcard should really be a race in three between Duckworth, Barton and Whittington - form over coming weeks will be crucial, but you're right that Andrew is streets ahead at the moment. He may also appeal to TA because he's a fresh face in singles and deserves a reward for cutting his ranking in half this season.

Thompson went down to the big-serving Ernesto Escobedo in Lexington, too. Bit of a disappointment from Jordan, particularly as the Olympics means that he won't be able to add anything to his ranking before all those points he accumulated in the last three months of 2015 start coming off...
Yesterday 12:35 PM
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De Minaur got done 6-4 6-4 by Marchenko

Whittington bounced back from his collapse against Purcell, beating #115 Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3 6-2. Impressive, he just keeps on winning. If he keeps this form up he'd have to be a contender for the US Open WC surely
07-24-2016 09:14 PM
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Alex De Minuar has qualified for the challenger in Segovia, Spain, and will face Marchenko in the first round.
07-24-2016 11:55 AM
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^Yeah, I thought the fact he was qualifying for challengers was good, let alone winning challengers There are only three players younger than Max ahead of him in the rankings now - Duckhee Lee, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Wimbledon winner Shapovalov. Hopefully he can build on this, unlike Mott earlier this year
07-24-2016 07:20 AM
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Max Purcell winning is so unbelievably random
07-24-2016 06:50 AM
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What incredible drama in the Gimcheon final, as Whittington gets to 6-3 6-6 (6-5*) up, only for Purcell to take the TB, causing Whitts to first destroy his racquet and secondly rapidly fade in the heat before appearing to faint on court at 1-5 down - giving Max the win!

To be honest, I'd forgotten how broadly built Andrew Whittington is...he's slightly shorter than Sam Groth, but about as wide! He looked to be battling against either pain or the conditions (or both) for most of the match, and perhaps this is where Purcell having played the previous few weeks in Gimcheon in Futures events might have helped him out. It is a bit of a golden opportunity blown for Whitts in his first Challenger final, but still an excellent week for him and I hope he's able to recover from whatever ails and make his way to the US so he can break that Top 200 in style.

Much like Blake Mott winning in Launceston, this really has come out of nowhere for Max, but congratulations to him for a superb week. At a stroke he has almost incredibly halved his ranking from 762 to 386! That should see him not have to qualify for terribly many Futures, and indeed opens the door for Challengers to him, which will surely be a boon to his young career.
07-23-2016 06:02 AM
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Whittington beats Zhe Li 6-1 7-6(3) to make the final against Purcell. I wonder if he remember what it feels like to lose? Tomorrow he will be going for his 20th straight win and four titles in a row. A win will get him into the top 200 as well. Whittington would have to be our most improved this year, I certainly didn't see him making this kind of breakthrough in the rankings
07-23-2016 04:44 AM
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Max Purcell has done his bit easily getting to the final. 6/3 6/4. Bit of a wobble leading 5/0 in the second but now will be showered and ready to watch the Whittington match.
07-22-2016 08:33 AM
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Yes, it's certainly been a breakthrough week for Max Purcell, which is pleasing - he's part of the same cohort as Oliver Anderson and the slightly younger Alex De Minaur, but has attracted very little buzz in comparison to either of them.

Whittington's progress this year has indeed been excellent. He made a bit of a splash in doubles with the (sadly retired?) Alex Bolt, but his singles ranking was languishing in the 400s at the start of this year, and he has now almost made it into the Top 200 under the radar. I would say he's a dead cert to play USO qualies now, and if he can maintain the form would definitely have one of the best credentials for an AO wildcard for 2017. Does need to actually win a Challenger, though...and Zhe Li can be tough on his day...
07-22-2016 08:03 AM
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Andrew Whittington and Max Purcell both won their quarter final matches and both march into the semi finals. Chance for an all Aussie final. I am really impressed by Andrew Whittington this year. He seems to following Jordan Thompson into the upper echelons. Great to see this.
07-21-2016 11:58 PM
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In Binghamton:
Can Jipper can win two or more in a row for a change?
In the 2nd round against Yank Mitchell Kreuger, he recovers from a break down to get from 4-5 to 5-5, then drops serve lose the first set 5-7. Same in the second, JP recovers from a breakdown to take the set to the breaker but loses a close breaker 67(5), to bow out of the singles. Answer: Nope - can't win two in a row, yet... but at least he is winning a match...
Still alive in the doubles, playing with Matty Reid.

In Gimcheon:
Andrew Whittington wins his second round clash against Temur Ismailov (ATP525) 76(4) 20 retired. The No.6 seed Whitts now faces a tougher test against Jap Takuto Niki (ATP572) who knocked off the No.1 seed Ze Zhang in straight sets. Niki is on form, but a good chance for Whitts to rise to the occasion and make the semis.
Max Purcell also to play the QF round, facing Chinese Taipei's Tsung-Hua Yang (ATP337), who beat the No.8 seed Barrientos in the first round.
Go Oz
07-20-2016 05:06 AM
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In Gimcheon:
Max Purcell plays his second round match, against 28 year-old Jap Kento Takeuchi (ATP502), and records another solid win, 61 26 63, to advance to the quarter finals.
Good stuff Max
07-19-2016 11:23 PM
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In Binghamton:
JP wins a close one against Brit Liam Broady, after dropping the 1st set 7-4 int he breaker, he wins the next two 64 75 to progress. Let's hope Jipper can win two or more in a row for a change. Needs to as his ranking has taken a hit.
Matt Reid's woes continue as he loses 1st round to wild card Yank Thai-son Kwiatkowski 64 and 63.
And father Ben Mitchell goes down to American Nicolas Meister 63 76(3).
Ex-Oz bad boy Pom Bryden Klein does the whole field a favour by knocking out the No.1 seed Frances rising star teenager Quentin Halys (ATP140) 63 67(5) 63
Alex Vucic still to play Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez (ATP321)

In Gimcheon:
Victorian Andrew Whittington records a businessman like win over unranked wild-card 15 year-old Korean Uisung Park 63 60 - nice draw and Whitts got on with it.
Max Purcell still to play (2nd round) against 28 year-old Jap Kento Takeuchi (ATP502). Good luck Max
07-18-2016 09:57 PM
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Alex Vukic qualifies for the second Challenger in consecutive weeks, this time in Binghamton.
Obviously playing very well, college tennis definitely agreeing with him.
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