POPYRIN PICKS UP 2ND CHALLENGER TITLE IN BORDEAUX



Alexei Popyrin has clinched the BNP Paribas Primrose in Bordeaux on Sunday following a 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) victory over Frenchman Quentin Halys.


Popyrin’s run in Bordeaux included wins over No. 4 and 5 seeds Carlos Taberner and Jaume Munar respectively before conquering the No. 6 seed in the final.




The past week will serve as a major confidence boost for the Australian with the French Open just around the corner.


Popyrin, who is now 11-14 on the year, will improve to world No. 103 from Monday.


NECKARCUP Heilbronn


Top-seed Daniel Altmaier has claimed his first Challenger title of the year and fourth of his career after a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 8 seed Andrej Martin on Sunday.


Altmaier had to comeback from a break down in the final set to prevail in what was a tense one hour and 53-minute affair on home soil.





It was a dominant week from the German who dropped just two sets on his way to the trophy and a new career high ranking of world No. 54.


Altmaier will now turn his attention to the ATP 250 event in Lyon where he is drawn to meet Argentinian Federico Coria.


Andrej Martin, meanwhile, will get his French Open qualifying campaign underway on Tuesday against Italian young gun Luca Nardi.


Shymkent 1


Alternate Emilio Nava has capped off a fairy-tale week in Shymkent, claiming his first Challenger title with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over German Sebastian Fanselow.


Nava, who defeated No. 1 seed Tennys Sandgren in his first-round match, did not drop a set on his way to the trophy in Kazakhstan.




The 20-year-old becomes the fourth American to secure a Challenger title this year – joining his cousin Ernesto Escobedo, Denis Kudla and Jack Sock.


Nava will now improve to a career high ranking of 261 before he aims to kickstart his tournament at Shymkent 2 when he meets Israel’s Yshai Oliel.


Soon to be world No. 318 Fanselow will hope to go one better at the same venue when he meets Denis Istomin in the first round.


Zagreb Open


A strong Australian contingent contested the Zagreb Open this past week, but it was Austrian Filip Misolic who emerged victorious following his 6-3, 7-6(6) over Mili Poljicak.


Jordan Thompson, Christopher O’Connell and Aleksander Vukic each fell in the first round, but No. 6 seed Jason Kubler did progress through to the semi-finals where he fell to the eventual champion.


Misolic had to come through qualifying on his way to the trophy in Zagreb, his first title success on the Challenger tour.



Misolovic will enter the Tunis Open on Tuesday ranked at world No. 225 - a new career-high. There he will meet countryman Lucas Miedler in the first round.


For the 17-year-old Poljicak, it was a case of so close on home soil. The Croatian had never won a Challenger match before this week but will now rise almost 1000 ranking spots to World No. 549.


Dove Men+Care Coquimbo


Argentinian Facundo Diaz Acosta was another maiden Challenger title winner thanks to his 7-5, 7-6(4) victory over Pedro Boscardin Dias on Sunday.



Diaz Acosta did not drop a set across the week in Coquimbo and bested No. 1 seed Tomas Barrios Vera on his way to the trophy.


The 21-year-old will now reach a new career high ranking of world No. 235 while Boscardin Dias will also improve to a personal best of world No. 346.