South Africa’s Wesley Moodie and Belgian Dick Norman have missed out on the lucrative ATP World Tour FInals in London at the end of the year.
Only the world’s top eight tennis combinations make the doubles category of the competition.
That honour now goes to the Polish combination of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowksi who claimed the eighth and final doubles berth by beating four-time ATP World Tour Doubles Champions Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4 7-6 (7) in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.
Moodie, a member of SASCOC’s OPEX squad of medal hopefuls at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, went down to Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo in the first round, 6-4 7-5
The Polish duo’s victory was the third time in four years that Fyrstenberg and Matkowski have qualified for the year-end championships.
In 2009 the Poles also collected two ATP World Tour titles for the third straight year, winning their first grass court title at Eastbourne in mid-June and their first Asian title in Kuala Lumpur.
The ATP World Tour Finals, the world’s biggest-ever indoor tennis event, will feature the world’s top eight singles players and eight doubles teams competing to be officially crowned 2009 ATP World Tour Champions.
Each of the top eight players and doubles teams will be drawn to play a minimum of three round-robin matches to determine which four players and teams advance to the knockout semifinals.
Another player with southern African connections also missed out on qualifying. Zimbabwe’s Kevin Ullyet and partner Bruno Soares ended in 10th spot.