It’s a case of double delight for our Aussie men, with both Max Purcell and Rinky Hijikata lifting singles titles on Sunday.
Purcell, who earned a call up to the Australian Olympics team this week validated his call up by claiming his second career ATP Challenger singles title in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
The Aussie came from a set down and saved a championship point en route to 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) win over Britain’s Jay Clarke, winning his first Challenger singles title since May 2016 as an 18 year old.
Purcell has now won nine of his last 11 singles matches, which included his marvellous run to the semifinals at the ATP 250 tournament in Eastbourne last month.
The win sees the 23 year old rise inside the top 200 in the ATP rankings for the first time, to a live career high ranking of 190.
Fellow New South Welshman Rinky Hijikata also lifted a trophy on Sunday, claiming his second ITF title at the M15 tournament in Monastir, Tunisia.
The 20 year old defeated Frenchman Valentin Vacherot 6-3, 6-1 to claim the title in 71 minutes.
Since hitting the road last month, Hijikata, who is currently studying and playing at the University of North Carolina boasts a 10-3 win loss record on the singles court.
At the Abierto Los Cabos ATP 250 tournament, Australian duo Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith both picked up straight sets wins to advance to the final round of qualifying, where they will meet for a spot in the main draw.
The pair are playing doubles together this week and are the 4th seeds in the main draw.
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