By Philip James
Rice, 24 years old and ranked 691st in the world, did not drop a set all tournament, including beating in round two the top seed, Fabrice Martin who is ranked 424 places above Rice.
Rice is 26th ranked Brit but is likely to rise up the rankings if he can repeat performances like this week.
The women’s final in Athens also featured a Brit, as 20-year-old Lucy Brown faced top seed Anett Kontaveit.
Sadly Brown could not overcome her opponent, who is 368 places higher, losing 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
At the hard court Futures tournament in Belconti, Turkey Jack Carpenter beat Tom Farquharson in the semis but lost in the final.