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SUPER SUNDAY FOR FINAL BOUND AUSSIES

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
19/09/2021
18:00 PM

Four Australian men will be in action on Sunday, all fighting to claim respective titles on the tour. 

Three of the Aussies are in action on the ITF World Tennis Tour, but James Duckworth's final comes on the Challenger Tour. The Aussie will be aiming to claim the Istanbul Open Ted Challenger title when he takes on the unseeded world no. 295 Tung-Lin Wu in the final.

Duckworth reached the final with a 6-7(9), 6-3, 6-4 come from behind win over Frenchman Quentin Halys. The No. 1 seed has dropped just one set this week, and is fighting for his first Challenger title since early 2020. A win would see him rise to a career high ranking inside the top 65. 

Now over to the ITF Tour. 

At the 25K tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa, the red hot Jeremy Beale will be aiming to claim his second title in as many weeks on the ITF Tour. 

Beale dropped just one set en route to lifting the title at the 15K tournament in Monastir last week, and on the same day as the final, jetted off to South Africa, where he is hoping to extend his win streak to ten wins in a row on Sunday. 

The Aussie has not dropped a set all week, and has risen over 100 spots in the live rankings to inside the top 700. With a win, he will rise even further.

He will face Brit Alastair Grey for the title.

20 year old Tristan Schoolkate will contest his maiden ITF final on Sunday in Plaisir, France. 

The rising Aussie has been chipping away on the ITF Tour for the better part of the season, and is up to a live career high ranking inside the top 750, and will rise even further with a win on Sunday. 

Schoolkate has enjoyed a fantastic week in France, where he has dropped just one set. He will face Frenchman Alexandre Reco for the title. 

Last, but certainly not least is South Australian Li Tu. 

The Aussie, who arrived in Monastir, Tunisia late last month was a hot talking point in the Australian summer when he received a wildcard into The Australian Open, without a ranking. 

The Aussie boasted an astonishing win loss record on the UTR Tour in Australia last year, and when Andy Murray withdrew from the Australian Open, he received the call up to replace him in the main draw. Tu went down to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in a tight battle, which confirmed he could compete with top 100 quality opposition. 

Due to personal reasons, the Aussie stayed home for the first alf of the season and elected to rather play the UTR tournaments again, rater than hitting the road to compete on the professional tour. 

However, he is now slowly, but surely making up for lost time. 

The Aussie was won a whopping 19/21 singles matches since hitting the road last month, and last night lifted his second doubles title from his second appearance on the doubles court. 

His combined singles and doubles win loss record sits at 27 wins and a mere two losses, and he is now ranked inside the top 1000 for the first time in the live singles rankings. 

He will be aiming to lift his second singles title on Sunday in Monastir, when he takes on Brazilian qualifier Gabriel Decamps.

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