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Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
17:00 PM

Australia has had three title winners on Sunday, with James Duckworth, Tristan Schoolkate and Li Tu all lifting trophies.

James Duckworth has claimed his 12th ATP Challenger Tour title in Istanbul, dropping just a single set en route to the title.

With the win, the 29 year old has risen to a career high 65 in the ATP rankings on Monday.

On the ITF World Tennis Tour, 20 year old Tristan Schoolkate capped off a breakthrough week in France by winning the title at the 25K tournament in Plaisir.

It is Schoolkate’s maiden title on the pro tour. He will rise over 100 spots to a career high ranking inside the top 600 when the rankings update next Monday.

The third Aussie champion on Sunday was Li Tu.

The 25 year old South Australian increased his win loss record to 20 wins from 22 matches on the singles court on Sunday as he claimed his second ITF singles title since hitting the tour late last month, in the 15K tournament in Monastir, Tunisia.

Tu also won the doubles title this week with Kiwi Ajeet Rai, and holds an 8-0 record on the doubles court.

He will rise over 150 spots to a career high ranking inside the top 800 next Monday.

But Li’s day on the court was not over when he lifted the singles title on Sunday in Monastir.

He returned to the court later in the day to contest his first round qualifying match for this weeks 15K tournament, and, of course - he won.

How about that. You win the title and the same day have to contest qualifying for next weeks main draw. The ITF Tour is a funny place, but a place where our Aussies are finding a lot of success in 2021.

Jeremy Beale’s fantastic run on the singles court came to an end as he finished runner up at the 25K tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Beale is expected to rise over 70 spots in the rankings to sit just outside the top 600 next Monday.

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