By Glenys Furness
- Luke Johnson finished runner up in France
- Brit was seventh seed
- Didn’t drop a set until the final
FORBACH, FRANCE – Luke Johnson was seventh seed and made the final without dropping a set. Only the third seed was able to stop the Brit claiming the title.
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Brit of the Week
Luke Johnson entered the ITF event in France and was the seventh seed. In the first round the Brit drew German Oscar Moraing. Johnson and Moraing went toe to toe at the start of the match. However, the Brit secured the break of serve needed in the first set to move ahead. The second set was dominated by the Brit. Johnson upped his game and broke freely to move into the next round 6-3, 6-2.
In the second round Johnson was against Frenchman Maxence Beauge. The unseeded Frenchman stayed with Johnson in the early stages, however the Brit secured the vital break of serve to move into the lead. In the second set the Brit dominated. Beauge was unable to get a game on the board and the Brit moved through in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.
The quarter-final saw Johnson against another Frenchman, this time Boris Fassbender. The Wildcard proved a worthy opponent. Fassbender stayed with the Brit early in the first set. However, Johnson secured the break of serve to take the lead. Fassbender fought hard in the second set and stayed toe to toe. The Brit finally made the break of serve required to move into the semi-final 6-3, 7-5.
In the semi-final Johnson was against the sixth seed Belgian Arnaud Bovy. The first set was very tight with neither player giving an inch. Eventually a tiebreak ensued. Johnson eased through the breaker and took the lead. This broke the spirit of Bovy, who although higher ranked, struggled. Johnson broke more or less at will and moved into the final 6-3, 6-1.
The final saw Johnson against third seed Dan Added. The Frenchman took time to get a handle on the game of the Brit but managed to secure a break of serve in the first set. The second set was very to and fro but Johnson held on to force a tiebreak. Unfortunately, in the breaker the Frenchman dominated to lift the title in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(2).
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Ben Jones was defeated by Arthur Bouquier in the first round in Forbach 6-4, 7-6(7).
Sean Hodkin was defeated by Arnaud Bovy in the second round in Forbach 6-3, 7-6(6).
Millen Hurrion was defeated by Arnaud Bovy in the quarter-final in Forbach 6-4, 6-3.
Jay Clarke was defeated by Yshai Oliel in the first round in Sibiu 7-6(5), 6-4.
Harry Wendelken was defeated by Daniel Little in the second round in Falun 6-3, 6-3.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Valentin Royer in the second round in Falun 6-2, 6-3.
Daniel Little was defeated by Khumoyun Sultanov in the quarter-final in Falun 6-4, 6-2.
Julian Cash was defeated by Jeremy Beale in the first round in Pretoria 6-4, 6-2.
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Zoe Kruger in the second round in Pretoria 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.
Alastair Gray was defeated by Rio Noguchi in the quarter-final in Pretoria 6-3, 7-6(7).
Felix Gill was defeated by Louis Wessels in the first round in Skopje 6-1, 6-2.
Billy Harris was defeated by Volodymyr Uzhylovskyi in the first round in Cairo 7-6(3), 6-3.
Elbert Barr was defeated by Gian Marco Ortenzi in the first round in Cairo 6-0, 6-2.
Blu Baker was defeated by Gijs Brouwer in the first round in Lubbock 7-5, 6-0.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Sven Lah in the quarter-final in Lubbock 6-2, 6-2.
Charles Broom was defeated by Cannon Kingsley in the quarter-final in Lubbock 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Henry Patten was defeated by Keegan Smith in the semi-final in Lubbock 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5.
Giles Hussey was defeated by Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul in the first round in Cancun 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(1).
Alice Gillan was defeated by Maria Jose Portillo Ramierez in the first round in Cancun 6-1, 6-3.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Olivia Gadecki in the second round in Le Neubourg 6-3, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Indian Wells, Mouilleron, Napoli, France, Portugal, Czech Republic, Qatar, Mexico, Bulgaria, USA, Tunisia & Egypt,
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