KUBLER, HIJIKATA CLAIM ITF TITLES

ITF 25K Canberra

Jason Kubler has continued his promising form in 2022, winning the ITF 25K tournament in Canberra.

Kubler was able to overcome the injury which forced him to retire in the quarter-finals in Bendigo a couple of weeks earlier to eventual winner Omar Jasika defeating compatriot, Tristan Schoolkate 7-6 (3), 6-1 to lift his eleventh career ITF singles title.

In an impressive display of serving, Kubler managed to land 79% of first serves and won 81% of points off his first serve.

Kubler’s win pushes his ranking back inside the top 200 at 189 in the live rankings as he seeks to reach the heights of 2018 where he was able to reach a career-high ranking of 91.

If he can avoid the injuries that have hampered his career, Kubler is capable of making it back into the main draws of Grand Slams.

Kubler, like a big batch of Aussies, will once again play in Canberra this week where he will attempt to win back-to-back ITF M25 titles before continuing his season overseas

ITF 25K Calabasas


Away from Australia, Rinky Hijikata’s impressive year has continued, winning his second ITF 25K title in a fortnight in Calabasas, California.

The title win was Hijikata’s 10th straight victory after his title the previous week in Bakersfield.

Hijikata did not have an easy route to the final, having gone the distance to three sets three times on the way to the title.

Despite spending more time on court than his opponent, Hijikata showed no signs of fatigue as he ran away with the match 7-5, 6-2 over Great Britain’s Charles Broom.

It was Hijikata’s seventh ITF singles trophy, he is 23-7 in all matches played this year and has now risen to a career-high 258 in the live rankings.