Green opens Traralgon account
Cameron Green joins teenagers Tristan Schoolkate and Dane Sweeny in celebrating maiden ATP Challenger victories as seven Australians progress on the opening day in Traralgon.
Sydney’s Cameron Green recorded a win in his maiden ATP Challenger appearance after narrowly overcoming fellow wildcard Jai Corbett.
Main draw play began at the Latrobe City Traralgon Challenger on Monday with Green and Corbett opening proceedings on centre court.
“I’m pretty stoked to just get out there and give it a shot,” Green said after the 7-5 7-6(5) victory. “It all came as a bit of a surprise, and I’ve been trying to stay as relaxed as possible.”
The 23-year-old has been plying his trade on tour for just over a year after graduating from college in the US in May, 2018.
“It’s a great opportunity to play against these guys, see where the level is at and what I can work towards,” he said. “I’m taking it one match at a time, but this has definitely given me a boost of confidence. I’ve been searching for it the past couple of months after a few close losses that on paper I should’ve won.”
While Green has played in previous Australian Pro Tour events, he is still finding his feet amongst his compatriots and admitted he had only seen Corbett play on television.
“It’s quite funny actually, but I’m still getting to know a lot of the Aussie guys,” he said. “There’s definitely a plan to walk a bit taller and come out of my shell a bit with my tennis.”
Teen wildcard Tristan Schoolkate also recorded a maiden ATP Challenger victory. Finland’s Patrik Niklas-Salminen took him all the way to a deciding tiebreaker, but the 18-year-old West Australian showed some class to win 7-6(2) 5-7 7-6(5).
Dayne Kelly also needed a deciding set tiebreaker to made safe passage to the second round, ousting fellow Victorian Jacob Grills in a rematch of the recent Toowoomba Pro Tour final.
Joining Kelly in the second round were Aussies Luke Saville, Thomas Fancutt, Bradley Mousley and yet another first-time ATP Challenger winner, Queensland teen Dane Sweeny, a straight sets victor over Russian Alexey Zakharov.
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