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10-01-2016 03:03 AM
ogre
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

With the Aus futures in full swing, Polmans is playing De Minaur right now in the Brisbane futures. The match is a SF, but actually should be the best match of the tournament although you would expect the more mature (19yo vs 17yo) Polmans to win. Both these guys are interesting to watch right now though.

Next week Toowoomba, then Cairns, then a break from futures for the two challengers (Traralgon and Canberra) in end-Oct/start-Nov until the final two Aus events for the year of Wollongong and Blacktown during mid November.

Be interesting to see if anyone emerges from this next tournament swing as making a real move. So far Polmans is looking strong.

Update: Polmans through to the final again, which will be a rematch of the final he won last week against Jenkins from the USA
09-25-2016 04:13 AM
Daniel.
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

O'Connell and Smith both lose their respective semi finals to higher ranked opponents both 7/5 in the third. Damn. Both very close to finals.
09-24-2016 10:18 AM
Kateoz
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Nice to see Chris finally showing what he can do - saw him a while back and thought he had it, but somehow it hasn't happened...until now. Hope he gets another win tonight!
09-24-2016 08:49 AM
Daniel.
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Unreal from O'Connell and Smith!
09-24-2016 08:44 AM
azza
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Ive watched a few of his matches on the stream, i cant work out really work out a particular strength, but this is really good for his ranking especially at the ed of the year coming into AO Quallies, he didnt even get a WC last year, really surprising for him well done!

Also JP Smith in the semi's i cant believe how low he has dropped this year 300 odd so.... he needs wins and points badly!
09-24-2016 08:08 AM
Sam21
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

O'Connell is into the semis now after beating #245 Lamasine 6-1 6-2 and #280 Safranek 6-7(5) 6-1 6-1. Up to 281 on the live rankings now after this result and he picked up a few futures titles in Serbia recently too. And a random fact: Kubler won this tournament in Sibiu back in 2014
09-21-2016 10:03 AM
Daniel.
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Wow what an outstanding win! On red clay over experienced challenger player G.Melzer!
09-21-2016 08:21 AM
azza
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

While all the aussie ITF are going on... Chris O'connell has decided to stay in europe and what a win!

Sibiu challenger

R1 (337) (Q) Chris O'connell Def (2) (84) Gerald Melzer 6-4 6-4
07-30-2016 07:29 AM
azza
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

My god Whittington nearlly did the choke of all chokes

He was up 7-5 5-1.... ended up winning 7-5 5-7 6-1
07-29-2016 11:05 PM
scotthongkong
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Quote:
Originally Posted by TalkonTennis View Post
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...
I agree with Duckworth, Barton and Whittington and I would add in Marc Polmans who has been in terrific form as well.
07-29-2016 02:45 AM
Sam21
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

This second half of the year is a pretty exciting time for him - he has 16 points to defend for the rest of the year, and with this quarter final result in Lexington he's already scored 15 of them. He needs just over 100 more points to crack the top 150, which would be quite an achievement considering where he started the year

#235 Nguyen is next, who took out second seed Jaziri
07-28-2016 11:01 PM
RustyOz
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.
07-28-2016 02:35 PM
TalkonTennis
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

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...
07-28-2016 01:35 PM
Sam21
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

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 10:14 PM
B.kelly123
Re: Aussies in Challengers and Futures

Alex De Minuar has qualified for the challenger in Segovia, Spain, and will face Marchenko in the first round.
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