Nolan takes doubles, Banes makes final in Wollongong
Daniel Nolan won his first ITF Futures doubles title with Kiwi Finn Tearney while Maverick Banes reached his second 2016 final after defeating wildcard Harry Bourchier.
Daniel Nolan has taken the doubles title at the Tennis Wollongong International after pairing with Kiwi Finn Tearney to win a thriller over top seeds Maverick Banes and Gavin Van Peperzeel.
After earlier in the week coming from a one-set deficit to upset second seeds Steven De Waard and Jarmere Jenkins in a match tiebreak at the quarterfinal stage, the unseeded duo was required to claw their way back once again to win the final 4-6 6-4 [10-5].
“This is the first Futures doubles final I’ve been in,” Nolan said. “So it’s really good to win it.”
Nolan and Tearney had never previously teamed up but got to know each other after staying together at the recent ATP Challenger event in Canberra.
“We decided to play together after that and it ended up being a good week,” said Nolan. “Finn’s not in Blacktown (where the Australian Pro Tour heads next week) but we’ll probably pair up again and play together.”
Canberra proved a highlight for Nolan in singles as well; the wildcard upset Matthew Barton and went on to make his debut ATP Challenger quarterfinal.
“I had been having some tough first rounds and I wasn’t getting many matches,” he said. “So to have a good week in Canberra was really good for me and now to go on and win the doubles in Wollongong is great.”
Despite the doubles upset, Queenslander Banes is enjoying a much brighter weekend on the singles court, booking his place in the final after a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over Tasmanian wildcard Harry Bourchier on Saturday.
His opponent will be American fourth seed Jarmere Jenkins who looks to be in ominous touch after dismissing Indian Sriram Balaji 6-1 6-1 in just 41 minutes.
Banes, the current world No.423 and an ITF Futures finalist in Anning, China, earlier this year, will be looking to reverse the trend against the American after losing all four of their previous encounters, including a recent first round defeat in Brisbane.