By Glenys Furness

  • Aidan McHugh takes title in Kuwait
  • Brit doesn’t drop a set all event
  • Fifth seed defeats second seed in final
MESHREF, KUWAIT – Aidan McHugh claims ITF 15K Futures title to bring season to a close. The Brit didn’t drop a set all tournament and took out the second seed in the final.


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Brit of the Week

Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event in Meshref and was seeded fifth. The Brit looked to end the season on a high with another trophy. In the first round the Brit was drawn against Kevion Tabrizi. The Swiss was of no match for the fifth seed with McHugh dominating the match. The Brit moved into the second round for the loss of only two games 6-2, 6-0.

In the second round McHugh was up against Dhruv Sunish. The Indian could not match the Brit in either set and was outplayed in every way. McHugh broke at will and was in control from the outset, losing only two games all match to move into the quarter-final 6-1, 6-1.

The quarter-final saw the fifth seed play Roy De Valk. The Dutchman struggled to get to grips with McHugh in the first set. The Brit dominated the first set, restricting De Valk to only one game. In the second set the Dutchman fought back, managing to hold serve more. The fifth seed eventually secured the break of serve needed and moved into the semi-final 6-1, 6-4.

In the semi-final McHugh played the sixth seed Julian Ocleppo. The Italian kept toe to toe with the fifth seed in the first set, and a tiebreak looked to be on the cards. However, the Brit was not having this and broke right at the end of the set to take the lead. This seemed to break Ocleppo as the fifth seed once again dominated and lost only one game to move into the final 7-5, 6-1.

The final saw the fifth seed against the second seed Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine. The Frenchman although the higher ranked could not get a handle on the Brit and lost the first set quickly. In the second set Bittoun Kouzmine managed to get more games on the board, but it was the Brit who ultimately came through to lift the title 6-1, 6-3.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Alexis Canter was defeated by Bart Stevens in the first round in Kuwait 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 6-4.

Jonathan Binding was defeated by Kai Wehnelt in the quarter-final in Kuwait 6-3, 7-5.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Sumit Nagal in the first round in Bangalore 6-4, 7-5.

James Ward was defeated by Sumit Nagal in the second round in Bangalore 6-3, 7-6(4).

Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Reilly Opelka in the first round in Champaign 7-6(3), 7-6(2).

David Fox was defeated by Mason Beiler in the first round in USA 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Alastair Gray was defeated by Andrew Watson in the first round in USA 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7).

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Andrea Bolla in the first round in USA 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(1).

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Gijs Brouwer in the quarter-final in USA 6-4, 6-2.

Andrew Watson was defeated by Matej Vocel in the quarter-final in the USA 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Neil Pauffley was defeated by Bernardo Saraiva in the first round in Thailand 6-3, 6-4.

Jake Hersey was defeated by Stefan Palosi in the first round in Greece 6-2. 6-0.

Finn Bass was defeated by Erik Crepaldi in the second round in Greece 6-3, 6-2.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Alexander Vasilenko in the first round in Finland 6-4, 6-1.

Patrick Foley was defeated by Yan Bondarevskiy in the first round in Mozambique 6-2, 6-2.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Matias Descotte in the quarter-final in Mozambique 6-2, 6-0.

Luke Johnson was defeated by Szymon Walków in the second round in Czech Republic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Naomi Broady was defeated by Whitney Osuigwe in the first round in Houston 6-4, 6-3.

Heather Watson was defeated by Sofya Zhuk in the quarter-final in Houston 7-5, 6-4.

Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Anastasia Vdovenco in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 6-2.

Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Barbora Matusova in the quarter-final in Sharm El Sheikh 6-0, 6-2.

Next week Brits play in Pune, USA, Egypt, South Africa & Tunisia.


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