By Glenys Furness
- Luke Johnson & Christian Seraphim claimed the title in Tunisia
- The second seeds only dropped one set en route
MONASTIR, TUNISIA – Luke Johnson & Christian Seraphim won the ITF Futures event losing only one set en route to lifting the trophy.
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Luke Johnson teamed up with Christian Seraphim for the futures event in Tunisia and were seeded second. The Brit/German pairing faced Kaya Arinc & Vito Dell’Elba in the first round. The American/Italian pairing were completely outclassed by Johnson & Seraphim who lost only one game to progress to the quarter-final in a very quick straight sets match 6-0, 6-1.
In the quarter-final the second seeds were up against Luke Gamble & Colin Sinclair. The unseeded pair proved to be a tougher test for the Brit/German pushing close towards a tiebreak in the first set. Johnson & Seraphim were able to break right at the end of set to avoid a breaker. The second set was much the same although the break was obtained once again by the seeds and a place in the semi-final came in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.
In the semi-final the second seeds faced the fourth seeds Anis Ghorbel & Gabriel Petit. Johnson & Seraphim had to fight hard in the first set as the fourth seeds forced a tiebreak. The Brit/German pairing edged the breaker and never looked back. The second set was total domination by the second seeds and they dropped only one game to move into the final 7-6(4), 6-1.
The final proved to be the toughest match for the second seeds. The Brit/German were up against Juan Manuel Benitez Chavarriaga & Jorge Blanco Guadalupe. The Colombian/Spaniard managed to get a break of serve on Johnson & Seraphim and took the lead. However the second seeds re-grouped in the second set and levelled up the match. A match tiebreak would decide the title, it was the seeds who edged the breaker and took the title 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.
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Doubles Round Up
Jack Findel-Hawkins with Julian Bradley were defeated by Caio Silva & Thales Turini in the quarter-final in Canada 7-6(5), 6-3.
Joshua Paris with Martin Beran were defeated by Felix Corwin & Takuto Niki in the quarter-final in Canada 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.
Matthew Clegg & Joseph Newman-Billington were defeated by Jonathan Binding & Scott Duncan in the first round in Nottingham 6-3, 6-1.
Andrew Higham & Jamie Praditngam were defeated by Adam Jones & Michael Shaw in the first round in Nottingham 6-4, 1-6, 10-5.
Mark Whitehouse with Nicolas Rosenzweig were defeated by Daniil Glinka & Karl Saar in the first round in Nottingham 6-1, 6-3.
Robert Carter & Ryan Peniston were defeated by Joel Cannell & James Frawley in the first round in Nottingham 6-3, 5-7, 10-7.
Cheraag Bajwa & George Davies were defeated by Lukas Ollert & Constantin Schmitz in the first round in Nottingham 6-1, 6-2.
Oscar Weightman with Francisco Dias were defeated by Billy Harris & Ben Jones in the first round in Nottingham 7-6(5), 6-3.
Elliott Farmer & Tiran Sanghera were defeated by Jonathan Binding & Scott Duncan in the quarter-final in Nottingham 6-4, 6-2.
Adam Jones & Michael Shaw were defeated by Neil Pauffley & Samuel Bothwell in the quarter-final in Nottingham 6-4, 6-1.
Joel Cannell with James Frawley were defeated by Glinka & Saar in the quarter-final in Nottingham 7-6(3), 6-4.
Neil Pauffley with Samuel Bothwell were defeated by Binding & Duncan in the semi-final in Nottingham 6-2, 6-4.
Billy Harris & Ben Jones were defeated by Glinka & Saar in the semi-final in Nottingham 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Jonathan Binding & Scott Duncan defeated Glinka & Saar in the final in Nottingham 6-2, 7-6(6).
Naomi Broady with Kristýna Plíšková were defeated by Natela Dzalamidze & Veronika Kudermetova in the quarter-final in Quebec City 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Heather Watson with Kristie Ahn were defeated by Sophie Chang & Alexandra Mueller in the second round in Quebec City 6-2, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Kaohsiung, Columbus, Biella, Australia, Roehampton, Tunisia, Italy, Spain, Tokyo, France & Portugal.
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