By Glenys Furness
- Jack Draper claimed first futures title
- Defeated two seeded players along the way
NOTTINGHAM – UK, Jack Draper claimed his first futures title by lifting the trophy in Nottingham. The Brit defeated the fifth and second seeds along the way.
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Jack Draper entered the ITF Futures and was unseeded. The young Brit was drawn against compatriot Joel Cannell in the first round. Draper had little trouble in the first set and more or less broke at will, losing only one game. The second set was a little harder as Cannell managed to hold serve more, however it wasn’t long before Draper had broken and won the match in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
In the second round Draper faced the second seed Karl Friberg. The Swede stayed close to the Brit at first, but then Draper secured the break needed in the first set. The second set was more of the same as although the seed was able to again stay with the Brit, Draper ultimately broke Friberg and moved into the next round 6-3, 6-4.
The quarter-final pitted the Brit against the fifth seed Lukas Ollert. The German got the better start and broke Draper to take the first set with ease. However, Draper was not done and re-grouped. In the second set the Brit stood firm breaking Ollert to level the match up. In the final set it was the Brit who managed to prevail, breaking the German when required and booked a spot in the semi-final 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-final the Brit faced Constantin Schmitz. The German was no match for Draper who completed dominated in both sets, losing a total of three games. Draper had booked a place in the final to meet another unseeded Brit Andrew Watson 6-2, 6-1.
The final was a very tense affair and suitably went the distance. Draper lost the first set to Watson but then forced a tiebreak in the second set. The breaker was mostly one way traffic as Draper eased through to force the deciding set. The final set was domination by the younger Brit as Draper raced through the set and didn’t drop a game to lift the title 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-0.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
George Loffhagen was defeated by Billy Harris in the first round in Nottingham 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-2.
Ben Jones was defeated by Neil Pauffley in the first round in Nottingham 3=6, 6-3, 7-6(4).
Joseph Newman-Billington was defeated by Frederik Press in the first round in Nottingham 6-4, 6-4.
Tiran Sanghera was defeated by Mark Whitehouse in the first round in Nottingham 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Jonathan Binding was defeated by Scott Duncan in the first round in Nottingham 7-6(6), 6-7(6), 6-1.
Felix Gill was defeated by Lukas Ollert in the first round in Nottingham 6-2, 6-0.
Robert Carter was defeated by Karl Friberg in the first round in Nottingham 7-6(4), 6-3.
Oscar Weightman was defeated by Billy Harris in the second round in Nottingham 6-4. 6-2.
Neil Pauffley was defeated by Andrew Watson in the second round in Nottingham 6-4, 6-1.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Frederik Press in the second round in Nottingham 6-4, 7-6(5).
Scott Duncan was defeated by Ryan Peniston in the second round in Nottingham 6-1, 6-3.
Finn Bass was defeated by Constantin Schmitz in the second round in Nottingham 6-2, 7-6(1).
Samm Butler was defeated by Lukas Ollert in the second round in Nottingham 6-2, 6-1.
Billy Harris was defeated by Andrew Watson in the quarter-final in Nottingham 6-2, 6-1.
Imran Aswat was defeated by Constantin Schmitz in the quarter-final in Nottingham 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Andrew Watson in the semi-final in Nottingham 4-6, 76(0), 6-3.
James Ward was defeated by Oscar Otte in the first round in Istanbul 6-3, 6-3.
Joshua Paris was defeated by Charles Broom in the first round in Canada 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1).
Charles Broom was defeated by Felix Corwin in the second round in Canada 6-2, 6-1.
Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Harrison Adams in the quarter-final in Canada 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Nick Chappell in the final in Canada 6-2, 6-0.
Luke Johnson was defeated by Gabriel Petit in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
Jonathan Gray was defeated by Christopher Heyman in the first round in France 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Danielle Daley was defeated by Andrea Ka in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 6-2.
Helena Jansen-Figueras was defeated by Astrid Wanja Brune Olsen in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in Kaohsiung, Columbus, Biella, Australia, Roehampton, Tunisia, Italy, Spain, Tokyo, France & Portugal.
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