By Mark Etheridge
Our top ranked doubles tennis player, Wesley Moodie, went out in the first round of the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo.
Moodie and Belgian partner Dick Norman were seeded second for the tournament and were shocked by the unseeded combination of Christopher Kas and Viktor Troiki.
The German/Serbian combination beat Moodie and Norman in straight sets, 7-6 (3) 6-4 in a match that lasted an hour and 15min. Moodie and Norman also lost the ace count 10-17. Kas and Troiki were beaten in the second round of the competition.
Moodie, now ranked 20th in the world in doubles, reflected on the loss on Friday. “We just got outplayed in Tokyo. That team won the tournament the week before and were obviously riding their confidence. The one guy still said he thought he wouldn’t win against us but then played some amazing tennis to win. Such is tennis I guess.”
Moodie and Norman are now in Shanghai for the China Open starting on Monday.