Relatively unknown South African player Gary Sacks, currently ranked 1671 in men’s ATP singles,┬áwon the men’s singles final of the $10 000 USTA Pro Classic played in Claremont, California in the United States.
He beat American Devon Britton (ranked 1107)┬á 7-6 6-2 after going through three tough qualifying matches. He picks up 18 ATP points and earns himself $1 950.┬áThe win will see him rise to the mid 700s in the ATP singles rankings.
Cape player Ruan Roelofse reached the second round of the $10 000 ITF Rwanda Futures played in Kigali. Next week Ruan and another SA hopeful Steffen Solomon fly to Uganda in search of ATP points.
After a disappointing Davis Cup weekend all is not doom and gloom. Andrew Anderson reached the semi-finals of the $50 000 USTA Tulsa Oklahoma Challenger men’s singles event.
He won a pay cheque of $2 510, accumulating 29 ATP singles points. Fritz Wolmarans lost in the first round singles after coming through the qualifying draw.
SA also saw some doubles success in the duo of Andrew Anderson and Fritz Wolmarans when they turned the tables upside down by winning the men’s doubles title in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They convincingly beat the Canadian/American duo of Klingeman and Joelson 6-2 6-3 in the final. The SA doubles team shared a cheque of $3 100 and earned 80 ATP doubles points for their efforts.