The final fortnight of the Australian ITF calendar commenced this week in Traralgon with 25K events taking place on both the men’s and women’s side.
18-year-old Aussie Edward Winter headlined the week in Traralgon, lifting his maiden professional singles title.
Winter was brilliant all week, claiming five consecutive wins without dropping a set on his way to victory.
The Adelaide-born Aussie overcame 21-year-old Tristan Schoolkate 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday’s final, in a contest filled with rain delays and interruptions.
Winter managed the windy conditions better than Schoolkateand held his nerve to close out the match and earn himself a maiden title.
He will rise over 250 places in the ATP rankings to approximately world number 665 and is in-line for a wildcard into Australian Open qualifying.
Meanwhile, Schoolkate will move to a career-high ranking of approximately 371, after reaching his fourth career singles final.
On the women’s side, the ninth ITF 25K event held in Australia this year was the first to not feature an Aussie in the final.
Aussies Talia Gibson and Destanee Aiava reached the semi-finals but fell just short of Sunday’s decider.
For 18-year-old Gibson, it a second semi-final at 25K level this year whilst Aiava reached the final four of a 25K for the third time in 2022.
James Frawley returned home to Australia after six months in Europe and joined Jeremy Beale to win the Traralgon doubles title.
The pair downed fellow Aussie Adam Taylor and Brit Mark Whitehouse 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
For Frawley, it is a fifth doubles title on the season and his first in Australia, whilst Beale picks up his second title of 2022 and has now won nine of his past ten doubles finals.
Frawley will rise toward the edge of the ATP top 300 – up over 550 places since the beginning of the season, and Beale will move back inside the top 500 to approximately world number 429.
On the women’s side, Alana Parnaby teamed up with Brit Naiktha Bains to claim the 25K doubles title.
The pair overcame Japanese duo Natsuho and Haruna Arakawa 7-6(4), 6-2 on Saturday to lift the trophy.
For Parnaby, it is a second doubles title from eight finals in 2022 – each of the eight coming with different partners.
The 28-year-old continues to soar up the WTA doubles rankings and should move inside the top 200 when new points are awarded.
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Outside Australia, 25-year-old Mitchell Harper reached his second career singles semi-final at the 15K event in East-Lansing, Michigan.
Harper, who took five years away from the tour before returning earlier this year, will rise to an approximate ATP ranking of 800.
Tom Evans also reached a semi-final Monastir doubles action but was unable to reach a second career professional final.
Evans first reached a pro decider in 2018, partnering with current doubles world number 33 Max Purcell.