SCHOOLKATE, SANTILLAN, PARNABY CLAIM ITF DOUBLES TITLES



A range of Aussies enjoyed success at ITF level over the past week with the majority coming in doubles action.


Tristan Schoolkate had one of the best weeks of his career, reaching both the singles and doubles final in Cairo; the first time he has done so at an ITF event.


Schoolkate won four matches en route to his third professional singles final before falling to Argentinian Ignacio Monzon for the second time in three weeks. Despite the loss, it was a strong week for the 21-year-old which will help bring about his ATP top 500 singles debut.


Schoolkate fared one better in the Cairo doubles, where he and American partner Colin Sinclair took home the title without losing a set. The pair dominated the draw, dropping just 15 games across four matches, including wins over both the #1 and #2 seeds.


At the ITF event in Monastir, Tunisia, Aussie Akira Santillan and local partner Skander Mansouri claimed the doubles title with a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 victory in the final. The title is Santillan’s 6th in professional doubles and his second of 2022, and will boost him inside the top 350 of the ATP doubles rankings.



Santillan’s partner Mansouri also took out the singles title, overcoming Aussie Li Tu 6-4, 6-2 in the final.


It was Mansouri’s 15th ITF singles final since the start of 2019, 14 of which have been at home in Monastir.


Nonetheless, it was another successful week for Tu which saw him win four matches in straight sets and extend his streak to eleven consecutive singles victories, before falling to the Monastir specialist in the final.



Meanwhile, 27-year-old Alana Parnaby claimed her third career ITF doubles title and first since 2019, taking out the ITF 25K event in Nottingham alongside Mana Ayukawa. The pair came back from a set down in their opening two matches before finding some strong from to defeat the No. 1 seeds in the final.


Elsewhere on the women’s side, Lizette Cabrera and Kimberly Birrell both reached ITF singles quarterfinals, in Prague and Monastir respectively.