By Glenys Furness

  • Anton Matusevich claims ITF title in Spain
  • Unseed Brit dropped only one set en route
GETAFE, MADRID – Anton Matusevich claimed the ITF singles title. The Brit was unseeded and only dropped one set en route to the title.


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Brit of the Week

Anton Matusevich entered the ITF event in Madrid and was unseeded. In the first round the Brit was against Alvaro Blanco Damea. Matusevich was able to obtain the break of serve in both sets, whilst the Spaniard was unable to break back. The Brit moved into the second round in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

The second round saw Matusevich against American Nicolas Moreno De Alboran. The Brit continued in the form from the first round. Moreno De Alboran had nothing to bother the Brit with. Matusevich was soon ahead in both sets, and moved into the quarter-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

In the quarter-final the Brit was against the second seed Carlos Boluda-Purkiss. The Spaniard tried hard to stay with Matusevich, but could not stop the break of serve in both sets. The Brit moved on to the semi-final and had yet to drop a set, the score 6-3, 6-4.

The semi-final saw the Brit against Alejandro Garcia. The Spaniard got off to the better start and surprised Matusevich, breaking serve. Garcia took the first set and the lead. The Brit fought back hard in the second set and broke in the second set to force a decider. In the final set both players went toe to toe until the very end, when the Brit secured the necessary break to move into the final 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

In the final the Brit was against Nicolás Álvarez Varona. The Spaniard forced Matusevich to play his best tennis, before finally securing the break required.  Álvarez Varona was unable to break back and the Brit was in the lead. The second set saw the Brit break again and lift the title as the Spaniard could not get back in the game. Matusevich took the title 7-5, 6-4.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Evan Hoyt was defeated by Jelle Sels in the first round in Ismaning 7-6(2), 6-4.

Jan Choinski was defeated by Daniel Altmaier in the first round in Ismaning 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(8).

James Ward was defeated by Yannick Hanfmann in the second round in Ismaning 7-6(2), 6-3.

Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Emilio Gomez in the second round in Las Vegas 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Jack Draper was defeated by Ryan Peniston in the first round in Las Vegas 7-5, 7-6(3).

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Christopher O’Connell in the third round in Las Vegas 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

Liam Broady was defeated by Mitchell Krueger in the second round in Las Vegas 6-4, 6-2.

Amanda Carreras was defeated by Eva Guerrero Alvarez in the second round in Spain 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Duje Ajdukovic in the first round in Tunisia 6-1, 6-1.

Paul Jubb was defeated by Rinky Hijikata in the first round in USA 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Alex Rybakov in the first round in USA 6-1, 7-5.

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Barnaby Smith in the first round in USA 6-3, 6-1.

Barnaby Smith was defeated by Jordi Arconada in the second round in USA 7-6(4), 6-2.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Matias Soto in the quarter-final in USA 7-5, 7-6(5).

Jodie Burrage was defeated by Lorraine Guillermo in the first round in USA 6-0, 6-4.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Leylah Annie Fernandez in the first round in USA 6-0, 6-2.

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Katie Swan in the second round in USA 6-3, 6-2.

Katie Swan was defeated by Catherine Harrison in the quarter-final in USA 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Tara Moore was defeated by Hanna Chang in the second round in USA 7-5, 6-2.

Harriet Dart was defeated by Peangtarn Plipuech in the first round in China 6-3, 2-0 RET.

Emily Webley-Smith was defeated by Peangtarn Plipuech in the second round in China 7-6(0), 6-4.

Mukhtar Andu was defeated by Michael-John Every in the first round in Nigeria 6-2, 6-2.

Darryl Hale was defeated by Courtney Lock in the first round in Nigeria 6-3, 6-3.

Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Magdalena Pantuckova in the final in Turkey 6-3, 6-1.

Next week Brits play in Basel, Vienna, Traralgon, Brest, Hamburg, USA, Tunisia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Turkey, Australia, Canada, China, Portugal, Norway & Sweden.


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