Harris hopes high in Toowoomba
After recently graduating from college in the US, Melbourne's Andrew Harris enters Toowoomba this week in solid form.
Victorian Andrew Harris enters the Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba International riding a wave of newfound confidence after reaching the quarterfinals in Alice Springs and going one better with a semifinal appearance in Brisbane last week.
Despite losing to eventual champions Maverick Banes and Bradley Mousley respectively, Harris competed strongly and had opportunities to potentially go further.
“I’ve been pretty happy with how I’ve been playing,” he said on Monday from a rain-soaked Toowoomba Regional Tennis Centre which eventually resulted in a cancellation the day’s play.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in May this year, the 23-year-old has been busy preparing for the Australian Pro Tour swing.
“I’ve recently come off a six-week training block in Melbourne so I got really fit and strong in that time,” he added. “I think what’s helped me the most.
“I will play all the Aussie stuff and then probably head to Asia before another training block. I’ll see how things are going after that.”
Harris, currently ranked world No.820 but having sat inside the top 500 back in 2015, will face Alice Springs runner-up and Toowoomba’s No.6 seed Harry Bourchier in the opening round before a potential return bout with Mousley in the quarterfinal.
Mousley, the No.7 seed from South Australia, will need to repeat his effort from the Brisbane final in overcoming Ben Mitchell in order to reach that stage.
Meanwhile, No.2 seed Omar Jasika will be looking to reassert himself after a disappointing Brisbane campaign. He opens his account against wildcard Scott Puodziunas before a possible match-up with Queenslander Jason Kubler, who is showing good signs after a recent return to the professional stage.
Third-seeded Victorian Dayne Kelly finds himself pitted against veteran qualifier Michael Look, with the winner to face either another qualifier in Michael Shepheard or wildcard Matthew Dellavedova.
In-form Maverick Banes (No.5) will need to navigate his way through a tricky section of the draw which contains Dane Propoggia, Blake Ellis, James Frawley and Gavin van Peperzeel.