Tuesday, 20/2/2018 | 3:46 UTC+0

Week 21 Jrs: Storrie and Clarke in Grade 1 R2 in Belgium

Only Ryan Storrie and Jay Clarke were able to make their way through to the third round of the ITF Juniors Grade 1 event in Charleroi, Belgium in the early stages of this week’s junior action, with Ewan Moore and Alexis Canter both losing in the first and second rounds respectively. Elsewhere, there were first round victories for Jack Draper at Grade 4 level, while Jeremy Gschwendtner is still alive in qualifying for the Grade 2 in Hungary.

Moore faced Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild in the first round and fell 7-5 3-6 6-3 to the 16-year-old, while 16th seed Alexis Canter also failed to win a main draw match, having lost his second round match 6-3 6-0 to Seppe Cuypers after receiving a bye through the first round.

Storrie, seeded 7th, and Clarke, seeded 3rd, both made the most of their byes, though, with straight sets second round victories putting them into the last 16. Storrie came past Oliver Crawford of the United States 6-1 6-2, while Clarke, who has picked up ATP points in the last month, won 6-1 6-3 against Mikhail Sokolovskiy of Russia.

The pair both have sterner tests ahead. Storrie faces up to 10th seed Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves, who is ATP-ranked, in the third round, while Clarke is up against American Brandon Holt, who has reached two $10k main draws this year but has failed to convert them into an actual ATP rankings. Clarke will fancy himself against the 18-year-old American.

In the Girls’ draw, young 13-year-old Victoria Subev did herself a lot of justice with two victories in qualifying, including a 6-3 6-2 win over Belgian 6th seed Anais Defossez, but couldn’t quite reach the main draw.

In Grade 2 qualifying in Hungary, Jeremy Gschwendtner has won two qualifying matches and needs a third to make the main draw and be in with a chance of scoring any points. The Brit took out the second seed in qualifying, Karlo Divkovic, 6-4 7-5 and must now get past Daniel Khin, ranked well below the Brit, to reach the main draw.

Elsewhere, 4th seed Jack Draper secured a 4-6 7-5 6-2 victory over Latvian Artur Kulibaba at the Grade 4 event in Tallinn, Estonia to come back from a set down for the fourth time this year. Zyaan Ahmed fell in the first qualifying round at the weekend. At the other Grade 4 event with British interest, Barnaby Smith, seeded 4th, continued his rough run of form with another early exit in Montenegro, losing 6-2 7-6(2) to Dutch qualifier Lodewijk Weststrate.

At Grade 5 level, mixed news: Sahej Maker and James MacKinlay both failed to make it out of the Boys’ qualifying draw in Georgia, but both Tamara Malazonia and Summer Yardley are through to the second round after first round victories. Sasha Southgate’s result is still to come through.


25-year-old University of St Andrews graduate with a rather insane passion for British Tennis. Boston United fan (don't ask). Favourite tennis player: the Brummie bunch - Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool.


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