Thompson wins first career title
UPDATE: Aussie Jordan Thompson has won his first professional title in Austria while compatriots John Peers and James Duckworth also enjoyed success last week.
Sydneysider Jordan Thompson has won his first career professional title with his victory at Bad Waltersdorf in Austria.
Thompson recovered from a slow start in the final to romp to the victory at the ITF Futures event on red clay, defeating second seed Patrick Ofner 1-6 6-4 6-0.
The 19-year-old said he was happy to collect his first pro-level tournament victory.
“I was 6-1 2-0 [down] and broke back straight away and that got the ball rolling for me. I managed to steal that second set and I knew I just had to keep on him and that got me the third pretty easily,” he reflected.
It completed an impressive week for the world No.604, who until the final did not drop a set all week at the tournament.
Seeded fourth, Thompson bested compatriots Andrew Harris and Maverick Banes in the second round and quarterfinals. He then defeated sixth-seed Nikolaus Moser in the semifinals.
Thompson’s victory continues an impressive run on clay at Futures level. He reached the quarterfinals at another Austrian tournament the week before his victory, and also progressed to the semifinals of a Futures event in Spain in May.
He plans to contest another four tournaments in Europe before returning home to Australia to play the Pro Tour circuit.
Peers enjoys doubles success
Meanwhile, next door in Switzerland, Victorian John Peers continued his impressive year on the doubles court with partner Jamie Murray.
The pair, seeded third, stormed to the ATP Gstaad title without the loss of a set.
It marks their second ATP title of 2013 after they won the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston. They also teamed up to win the Nottingham Challenger just prior to Wimbledon.
Peers now stands at a career-high doubles ranking of No.55, and should rise higher again following his latest success.
Duckworth a finalist in Kentucky
Over in the United States, James Duckworth got his US Open preparation off to a promising start with a run to the final of the Lexington Challenger event in Kentucky.
Seeded sixth, Duckworth tore through the draw at the $50,000 hardcourt tournament, upsetting top seed Illya Marchenko of Ukraine in the quarterfinals and beating No.5 seed Bradley Klahn in the semis.
In the final, the New South Welshman took the opening set against James Ward of Great Britain before eventually going down 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Currently ranked No.167, Duckworth is expected to surge above his career high ranking of No.164 when the new edition of the ATP World Tour rankings are released on Monday.