Traralgon, Victoria, 23 October 2019 | Asher Packman

Marc Polmans joined a host of Australians reaching the third round at the Latrobe City Traralgon Challenger on Wednesday, defeating American Evan King in straight sets.

The No.4 seed was not troubled in his 6-3 7-5 victory. “I got back from China two days ago and I’m pretty happy to be here, that’s for sure,” Polmans, 22, said. “It’s always good to come back home.

“I’m comfortable with the conditions here and I feel like I can keep getting better and better.”

The Victorian, currently ranked world No.154, has enjoyed a solid year on tour thus far, winning an ATP Challenger title (Zhangjiagang, China) in March and losing to John Millman in a final (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) in September.

“I also wanted to qualify for an ATP Tour event and have a few top 100 wins, and I’ve done that,” he said. Polmans reached the second round in Washington after qualifying, losing to Frenchman Benoit Paire.

“I probably peaked around the American swing, I thought was playing my best tennis then. I don’t think I’m playing quite as good as that at the moment but getting through today’s match, it’s coming back.

“I’m still climbing closer to the top 100, so it’s all going in the right direction.”

With the second round completed on Wednesday, South Australian Alex Bolt was the only seeded player not to advance. The fifth seed was unable to overcome New South Welshman Blake Mott, going down 7-6(5) 7-6(4) in a tight encounter. Mott, coming off titles at the Cairns and Darwin Tennis Internationals last month, is one of the form players on the Australian Pro Tour. He now takes on ninth seed Max Purcell.

James Duckworth (No.3), Andrew Harris (No.6), Akira Santillan (No.11) and Harry Bourchier No.16) will also all be in action.

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