Success for Aussie young guns
A Futures title for Jason Kubler and finals' runs for Luke Saville and Nick Kyrgios were among the highlights of a successful week for Aussies around the globe.
It was an exceptional week last week for some of Australia’s brightest young talents, with Jason Kubler, Luke Saville and Nick Kyrgios all enjoying stellar results on the ITF Futures circuit.
Kubler was on fire at the red clay tournament in Padova, Italy, winning through to the final before comprehensively defeating second seed Jordi Samper-Montana to clinch the title.
The 6-1 6-4 victory handed the 19-year-old Queenslander his first title of the season and should see him improve on his current ranking of No.492.
Across in the United States, Luke Saville rebounded strongly from his opening round loss in Oklahoma City the week before to progress to the final in Little Rock, Arkansas, straight-setting all opposition en route to the decider at the Futures event.
His semifinal victory came over compatriot and close friend Ben Mitchell, which prompted this Facebook update from the 19-year-old:
“Tough to play a fellow mate in a semifinal but I played well despite that. Can’t wait to play my fourth Futures final tomorrow,” he wrote.
Saville ultimately went down to seventh-seeded American Austin Krajicek in straight sets, but will gain valauble points as he attempts to boost his current ranking of No.346 even higher.
In Chengdu, China, 17-year-old Kyrgios made his way through to the final without the loss of a set, defeating countryman Alex Bolt 6-0 6-4 in the semifinals.
Kyrgios came up against the top 200 ranked Chinese player Wu Di, and although he fought hard, was unable to stop the No.1 seed claiming a 6-3 6-3 victory.
Kyrgios, from the ACT, has now won 17 of his 22 matches since the Australian Open, and in that same period has risen more than 500 places to his current ranking of No.331.