By Glenys Furness
- Mark Whitehouse takes title in Barnstaple
- Defeated the second seed en route to the trophy
BARNSTAPLE, UK – Mark Whitehouse claimed his second futures title, lifting the trophy after defeating second seed along the way.
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Mark Whitehouse was seeded seventh at the ITF Futures event in Barnstaple. In the first round Whitehouse was drawn against James Story. The non seeded Brit got off to the better start and managed to break serve and took the first set.
Whitehouse fought back in the second set securing the break of serve on Story right at the end of the set to level up the match. The final set was very close with neither player wanting to give an inch. Ultimately it was the seed who showed the better experience and broke serve to take the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
The second round saw the seventh seed against Robert Carter. Whitehouse went toe to toe with Carter and the set went to a tiebreak as neither could break the deadlock. It was the non seed that edged the tiebreak to take the lead. Whitehouse re-grouped in the second set securing the break of serve to level up the match. In the final set, once again both went toe to toe and another tiebreak followed. This time it was the seed who prevailed and moved into the quarter-final 6-7(9), 6-2, 7-6(7).
In the quarter-final the Brit was up against the second seed Francesco Vilardo. The Italian fought hard to stay with Whitehouse, however the seventh seed managed to break serve in each set. Vilardo was unable to break back and it was the Brit that moved on to the semi-final in straight sets 6-4, 7-5.
The semi-final saw Whitehouse against another Brit George Houghton. After a tough battle in the first set, where the seed finally managed to break serve to take the lead, Houghton was unable to keep up. The seventh seed progressed into the final in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
In the final the seventh seed was up against youngster Aidan McHugh. The 18 year old had defeated the second seed in the previous round, and continued that form in the first set. Although broken by Whitehouse who took the set, McHugh fought back well in the second and levelled the match. The final set went the distance and a tiebreak followed, which Whitehouse dominated to take the title 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2).
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Brandon Murphy was defeated by Manuel Guinard in the first round of Barnstaple 6-2, 6-2.
Jake Hersey was defeated by Roy Smith in the first round of Barnstaple 6-3, 6-2.
Sean Hodkin was defeated by Anton Matusevich in the first round of Barnstaple 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3.
Adam Jones was defeated by Ryan Peniston in the first round of Barnstaple 6-2, 6-2.
Elliott Farmer was defeated by Neil Pauffley in the first round of Barnstaple 6-1, 6-3.
Harry Lazell was defeated by Alexis Canter in the first round of Barnstaple 6-1, 7-5.
Edward Hubner was defeated by Aidan McHugh in the first round of Barnstaple 6-2, 6-1.
Oscar Weightman was defeated by Jonathan Binding in the first round of Barnstaple 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2.
Luke Johnson was defeated by Tiran Sanghera in the first round of Barnstaple 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Mason Recci was defeated by Michael Shaw in the first round of Barnstaple 6-4, 6-4.
Finn Bass was defeated by Sizya Kivanda in the first round of Barnstaple 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.
Isaac Stoute was defeated by Robert Carter in the first round of Barnstaple 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-1.
George Davies was defeated by Vilardo in the first round of Barnstaple 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3.
Matusevich was defeated by Peniston in the second round of Barnstaple 6-4, 6-3.
Canter was defeated by Pauffley in the second round of Barnstaple 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Binding was defeated by McHugh in the second round of Barnstaple 7-5, 7-5.
Sanghera was defeated by Shaw in the second round of Barnstaple 7-5, 5-0 RET
Kivanda was defeated by Houghton in the second round of Barnstaple 6-1, 6-2.
Daniel Martin was defeated by Vilardo in the second round of Barnstaple 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Peniston was defeated by Guinard in the quarter-final of Barnstaple 6-4, 6-4.
Pauffley was defeated by McHugh in the quarter-final of Barnstaple 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(1).
Shaw was defeated by Houghton in the quarter-final of Barnstaple 6-4, 7-5.
Jay Clarke was defeated by JC Aragone in the first round of Tiburon 6-2, 7-6(5).
Brydan Klein was defeated by Jacob Grills in the quarter-final of Australia 7-6(2), 7-5.
Evan Hoyt was defeated by Yuta Shimizu in the final of Australia 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4.
Jonathan Gray was defeated by Joao Monteiro in the first round of Portugal 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Gleb Sakharov in the semi-final of Portugal 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-3.
George Loffhagen was defeated by Martins Podzus in the quarter-final of Sweden 6-0. 6-1.
Katy Dunne was defeated by Kyōka Okamura in the first round of Australia 6-4, 6-4.
Anna Popescu was defeated by Barbara Bonic in the quarter-final of Tunisia 6-2, 6-4.
Francesca Jones was defeated by Ylena In-Albon in the first round of Italy 7-5, 7-5.
Chloe Compson was defeated by Despina Papamichail in the first round of Italy 6-1, 6-0.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Marina Melnikova in the first round of France 6-3, 6-4.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Leonie Küng in the first round of France 6-4, 6-3.
Eden Silva was defeated by Lesley Kerkhove in the first round of France 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2.
Naomi Broady was defeated by Amra Sadikovic in the first round of Templeton 6-4, 6-4.
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