Away from the all-white clothing and strawberries and cream of the All England Club there are plenty of Aussies plugging away on the ITF Tour in the hope that they too may grace the lawns of Wimbledon one day.
The action overnight saw four Australians take to the court in both main draw and qualification matches with varied success.
19-year-old Queenslander Olivia Gadecki successfully qualified for the singles main draw at the W25 in Palma del Rio, Spain, overnight. The Aussie received a bye through the first round of qualification before defeating Latvian Sabine Rutlauka 6-2, 5-7, 10-7 for a spot in the main draw.
Gadecki was far too strong in the first as she broke her opponent on four occasions to run away with the set. She started the second set in similar fashion, cruising to a 3-1 lead before getting pegged back to 3-3. The Queenslander then held a 5-3 advantage only to lose the next four games and the set meaning the game would be decided by a match-tiebreak. Fortunately for Gadecki, she was never really troubled in the decider and will now contest the main draw.
The news wasn’t as good for Alana Parnaby who fell in the final round of qualification at the W25 at The Hague, Netherlands. The Aussie fell to Chilean Barbara Gatica 2-6, 0-6 in an hour and 21 minutes to end her campaign early. It was a frustrating day for the Tamworth native who didn’t win a game after holding a 2-1 lead early in the first set.
Speaking of frustrating, Aussie Olivia Tjandramulia was forced to retire from her opening round singles match in the main draw at the W25 in Wroclaw, Poland. The Aussie was down 6-4, 6-7(1), 1-4 at the time of retirement. The real frustration stems from the fact that Tjandramulia had two match points at 15-40 / 5-3 in the second set but just couldn’t capitalise on it. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery, Olivia.
The final Aussie in action overnight was Kody Pearson who failed in his bid to qualify for the singles main draw at the M15 in Monastir, Tunisia. The New South Welshman fell at the final qualification hurdle 0-6, 6-7 to Argentinian Leonardo Lopez Linquet.
There are plenty of Aussies in action tonight and throughout the week as the main draws on the ITF Tour and ATP Challenger Tour start to get underway. Here are the Australians that will take to the courts tonight:
ATP Challenger, Porto, Portugal
- Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) (7) v Roberto Marcora
- Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) v Tatsuma Ito
M25, The Hague, Netherlands
- Dayne Kelly (AUS) (8) v Guy Den Heijer (Main Draw)
M15, Weston, Florida, USA
- Dane Sweeny (AUS) v Kento Takeuchi (Main Draw)
- Tristan Schoolkate (AUS) v Federico Augustin Gomez (Qualification)
M15, Monastir, Tunisia
- Rinky Hijikata (AUS) v Imran Sibille (Main Draw)
W25, The Hague, Netherlands
- Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) v Katharina Hobgarski (Main Draw)
W60, Montpellier, France
- Madison Inglis (AUS) & Erin Routliffe (NZ) v Emma Mazzoni & Juliette Mazzoni (FRA) (Doubles Main Draw)
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