By Glenys Furness

  • Aidan McHugh claims first ITF Futures Title
  • Defeated three higher seeds
MESHREF, KUWAIT – Aidan McHugh entered the ITF Futures event and was seeded fifth. The Young Brit lost only two sets en route to the title and defeated the top seed along the way.


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Brit of the Week

Aidan McHugh went to Meshref in Kuwait and entered the ITF Futures event. Seeded fifth the young Brit drew Bader Al Abdullah in the first round. The Kuwaiti was no match for McHugh, who broke twice in the first set and moved ahead. Al Abdullah was unable to fight back in the second set as the young Brit dominated and lost only one game to move into the second round 6-2, 6-1.

The second round saw the fifth seed play Giovani Samaha. The Lebanese player tried to put up a fight in the first set, but McHugh broke to claim the lead. In the second set Samaha was unable to get anything onto the fifth seed serve, whilst the young Brit broke twice to move into the quarter-final 6-3, 6-2.

The quarter-final saw McHugh face Ergi Kırkın. The Turk actually got off to the better start and totally dominated the first set. However, the young Brit managed to re-group in the second set and dominated the rest of the match, winning through dropping only two further games 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

In the semi-final the fifth seed was drawn against the top seed Peter Heller. The German stayed toe to toe with McHugh in the first set, but it was the young Brit who broke through right at the end to take the lead. The second set was easier for the Brit as he broke serve again and took out the top seed in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

The final saw the fifth seed against the American eighth seed Alec Adamson. McHugh controlled the first set and broke the American who could not break back. In the second set Adamson stayed with the young Brit and forced a tiebreak. McHugh unfortunately was outclassed in the breaker and drew level. In the final set McHugh was back to his best and dominated to take the match 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Jonathan Binding was defeated by Peter Heller in the first round in Meshref 7-6(0), 6-2.

James Ward was defeated by Bradley Klahn in the second round in Charlottesville 6-1, 6-2.

Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in the first round in Charlottesville 6-2, 2-3 RET

Brydan Klein was defeated by Maxime Janvier in the first round in Canberra 6-4, 6-3.

Liam Broady was defeated by Zhang Ze in the second round in Shenzhen 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

Neil Pauffley was defeated by Thanapet Chanta in the first round in Thailand 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Amelia Stuart was defeated by Ya-Hsin Lee in the first round in Thailand 6-1, 6-1.

Billy Harris was defeated by Roman Safiullin in the second round in Vietnam 6-3, 6-3.

Helena Jansen-Figueras was defeated by Louise Brunskog in the first round in Tunisia 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(1).

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Deney Wassermann in the first round in Egypt 7-6(4), 7-5.

Mason Recci was defeated by Vladyslav Orlov in the quarter-final in Egypt 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Olivia Elliott was defeated by Amber Washington in the first round in Egypt 6-1, 6-1.

Eliz Maloney was defeated by Ekaterina Makarova in the second round in Egypt 6-2, 6-3.

Adam Jones was defeated by Jordan Hasson in the first round in Greece 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2.

George Loffhagen was defeated by Baptiste Crepatte in the final in Greece 7-5, 6-4.

Oscar Weightman was defeated by Riccardo Maiga in the first round in Estonia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Katie Swan was defeated by Wang Yafan in the semi-final in China 6-2, 1-0 RET.

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Ali Collins in the first round in the UK 6-4, 6-4.

Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Ella Taylor in the first round in the UK 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Ali Collins was defeated by Arantxa Rus in the second round in the UK 6-0, 6-2.

Eden Silva was defeated by Laura-Ioana Andrei in the second round in the UK 7-6(7), 6-4.

Ella Taylor was defeated by Harmony Tan in the second round in the UK 6-1, 6-3.

Emma Raducanu was defeated by Diāna Marcinkēviča in the semi-final in the UK 7-5, 6-1.

Maia Lumsden was defeated by Polina Monova in the second round in France 6-3, 6-4.

Next week Brits play in Limoges, Thailand, Greece, Kuwait, Estonia, Mozambique, USA, Chile, China, & Shrewsbury.


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