Eighteen-year-old Capetonian Lloyd Harris impressed on the first day of the Digicall Futures tennis tournament in Stellenbosch on Tuesday.
The tournament is the first of three international Futures tournaments being played at the University of Stellenbosch with the finals this Sunday.
Harris – a member of the South African Davis Cup Squad as well as part of Team SA at last year’s Youth Olympic Games in China – is seeded fourth in the tournament. He started on track in Coetzenberg with an easy 6-0 6-3 win over unseeded countryman John Myburgh.
‘It was a satisfactory start to the tournament for me. I certainly did not play my best, but I still have to get used to the courts I find that they are a little slower than what I am used to. I do not have any specific expectations for the week. I just want to play good tennis and see how far I will go. ”
Harris, South Africa’s top junior player’s will next play Australia’s Stefan Vujic.
Another South African junior Timothy Dollman is also through to the second round after impressively defeating fellow South African Yaseen Ibrahim in three sets 7-6, 3-6 and 6-3. Dollman was a finalist in the two Curro Junior ITF Tournaments played at the same venue in the over the last two weeks.
Other first round winners in the men’s draw on Tuesday were; fifth seed Javier Pulgar-Garcia of Spain, sixth seed James Marsalek of Great Britain, eighth seed Luca Pancaldi of Italy, Stefan Vujic Australia, Sebastian Precjtel of Germany and Bernd Kossler of Austria. The women’s Tuesday first round winners were; Second seed Jasmin Jebawy of Germany, third seed Jaeda Daniel of the USA, Valeria Bhunu of Zimbabwe, Lesedi Jacobs Namibia, South African Alexis Tensfeldt, Anne-Sophie Courteau of Canada and Lauren McMinn Great Britain.
Wednesday sees a continuation of round one with several matches to look forward to. The top-seeded Pascal Brunner of Austria will go up against Stellenbosch junior and tournament qualifier Rossouw Norval.
Local fans will also be looking forward to the second seed Nik Scholtz’s match. Scholtz is a native of Boland who has over the past few years been attending college tennis in the United States at theUniversity of Mississippi).
Scholtz, a squad member of the South African Davis Cup team is also a favourite to win the tournament. His opening match will be against unseeded Daniel Tamir of Israel.
Round One results
4-Lloyd Harris bt Johannes Myburgh 6-0 6-3, 5-Javier Pulgar-Garcia (Esp) bt James Clow 6-0 6-1, 6-James Marsalek (GBR) bt Daniel Uhlig (Ger) 7-6 (5) 2-6 6-1, 8-Luca Pancaldi (Ita) bt Tyler Hochwalt (USA) 6-2 6-4, Stefan Vujic (Aus) bt Matthew Johnson 6-2 6-4, Timothy Dollman bt Yaseen Ibrahim 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-3, Sebastian Precjtel (Ger) bt Demian Raab (Ger) 6-3 6-4, Bernd Kossler (Aut) bt Riaan Du Toit (Can) 6-4 6-3
2-Jasmin Jebawy (Ger) bt Nelise Verster 6-4 6-1, 3-Jaeda Daniel (USA) Louise-Mare Botes 6-1 6-2, Valeria Bhunu (Zim) bt Nicole Petchey 6-1 6-4, Lesedi Jacobs (Nam) bt Erika Vogelsang (Ned) 6-3 6-1, Alexis Tensfeldt bt Genevieve Barnes 6-4 6-3, Anne-Sophie Courteau (Can) bt Takalani Molaoa 6-1 6-1, Lauren McMinn (GBR) bt Manuela Huckfeldt 6-2 6-0
Picture of Harris in action, courtesy of Eunice Visagie/Outsider Communication