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Adam Walton has continued his winning run at ITF level, claiming his third singles title in two months at the 15K event in Cancun.

Walton, who recently concluded his college tennis career is now making an immediate impact at the professional level, having won 25 of his past 30 singles matches.

The Australian did not drop a set on his way to the final, before coming through a tight three-set battle on Sunday, ultimately defeating Andres Andrade 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3.

Walton’s ranking continues to rise, moving up over 600 places in just eight weeks, as he looks to head back home for pro events in Cairns and Darwin.

Walton also took out the doubles title in Cancun with former college teammate Andrew Rogers. The pair defeated Blu Baker and Kosuke Ogura 6-2, 6-2 in just 48 minutes to secure the trophy.

Matthew Dellavedova reached his first ITF singles final this week, dominating his way into a decider in Tunisia.

Dellavedova dropped just twelve games in three victories en route to Sunday’s final, where he eventually fell 7-5, 6-4 to Eliakim Coulibaly.

The 22-year-old Aussie is now just one win from equaling his best season on tour and is continuing to rise up the ATP rankings – now at 760 in the world.

A host of Aussies enjoyed successful weeks at doubles level on the ITF tour.

James Frawley won his sixth career ITF doubles title in Germany.

Pairing up with Christoph Negritu, the duo won all eight of their sets for the week to lift the trophy.

19-year-old Ethan Cook won his first ITF title in Belgium this week. Partnering Karl Friberg, the pair enjoyed the easiest possible run to the final, with just one win and a walkover.

The pair met fellow Aussie Kody Pearson in Sunday’s final and triumphed 6-4, 6-3.

Aussie pair Brandon Walkin and Jason Taylor teamed up to win the 25K event in Poland, taking out the final 7-5, 7-5.

It is a fifth title in 2022 for Walkin and a third for Taylor.

Thomas Fancutt also claimed an ITF doubles title in Korea. Fancutt, alongside Ajeet Rai, won his 20th career title at the level, after a 10-8 deciding super tiebreak victory in the final.

18-year-old Mia Repac, a member of the Brisbane National Tennis Academy, reached her maiden ITF final.

Partnering with Li Zongyu, the pair won three matches in dominant fashion on their way to the final, before falling in a super tiebreak in the decider.

ATP Challenger Wrap:

Bangkok, Thailand

[Q] Valentin Vacherot (MON) def Hoang Nam Ly (VIE) 6-3, 7-6

23-year-old Valentin Vacherot has won his third ITF singles title of the season and fifth of his career, at the 50K Challenger in Bangkok.

Vacherot has now reached eight of his nine ITF singles finals since July last year and is continuing to rise in the ATP rankings.

Vacherot, who holds a 4-0 record for Monaco in the Davis Cup, is now inside the ATP top 300 for the first time - up to a live ranking of 271.

His opponent in the final, Vietnam’s Hoang Nam Ly, reached his maiden ATP Challenger title this week, after making seven finals at ITF level already this season.

Australian Dane Sweeny was also in action in Bangkok, where he reached a singles semi-final for the first time at Challenger level.

Sweeny, who has enjoyed a career best season on tour, fell in three sets to Nam Ly in the final four, but will rise to a career high ranking of 326.

Sweeny also paired up with fellow Aussie Tristan Schoolkate to reach the semifinals in doubles, falling just short of the final.

Granby, Canada

[WC] Gabriel Diallo (CAN) def [6] Juncheng Shang (CHN) 7-5, 7-6(5)

Canada’s Gabriel Diallo has taken full advantage of a wildcard to win his first ATP Challenger title.

Diallo, who came through the college pathway at Kentucky University, played a brilliant final to overcome rising star Juncheng Shang.

Converting three break point chances, and saving three on his own serve, Diallo held out to defeat Shang in a thrilling final.

After winning just his second singles title at any level, the 20-year-old Canadian will rise almost 200 places in the ATP rankings to world number 335.

For 17-year-old Shang, it is a second Challenger title this month and will boost him to a live ranking of 202.

Meanwhile, in the doubles draw, Luke Saville reached a semifinal, but fell 10-8 in a super tiebreak and therefore just shy of the final.

Prague, Czech Republic

[2] Oleksii Krutykh (UKR) def Lucas Gerch (GER) 6-3. 6-7(2), 6-2

Oleksii Krutykh has won his maiden ATP Challenger singles title, taking out the 50K event in Prague.

Krutykh had just won two ITF titles before this week before winning five straight matches at Challenger level this week.

The Ukranian came through a series of tight matches, including multiple deciding set tiebreaks to lift the trophy.

On the back of his career best week, the 22-year-old will jump to a career high ranking of 226.

Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina

[2] Fabian Marozsan (HUN) def [3] Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-2, 6-1

Fabian Marozsan was another first-time titlist on the ATP Challenger tour, claiming his maiden trophy in front of a home Hungarian crowd.

Marozsan, who had previously won five ITF singles titles, has now jumped up to winning at the next level.

The Hungarian dominated Sunday’s final over former top 30 player Damir Dzumhur, dropping just three games on his way to victory.

Marozsan will now move inside the ATP top 200 for the first time, up to 185 in the world.


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