UTR Pro Tennis Series: Hijikata tops list of best-performing men
With the UTR Pro Tennis Series finished for 2020, we take a look at who have been the best performers in the men's competition over the past six months.
The UTR Pro Tennis Series, which began in late June, provided an opportunity for Australian players to compete in 2020.
The series was played across five Australian cities – Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. As well as offering $976,000 in prize money, it provided valuable match play amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. In total, there were 1,096 matches played across 73 events.
Rinky Hijikata, a 19-year-old from Sydney who had planned to spend 2020 playing college tennis in America, was a standout performer in the men’s competitions.
There were 15 men who won Pool A titles throughout the series. Hijikata, who was named Male Junior Athlete of the Year at the 2019 Australian Tennis Awards, led the title count with five.
|TITLES – POOL A|
Hijikata won 33 of the 41 Pool A matches he contested in the series and enjoyed a 20-match winning streak between August and December.
Dane Sweeny, a 19-year-old from Queensland, recorded the second most victories with 25.
|MATCH WINS – POOL A|
Two men – Thanasi Kokkinakis and Marc Polmans – went undefeated.
Kokkinakis won the two Melbourne events he contested, winning all eight matches he played in November.
Polmans claimed the inaugural Melbourne title in late June, winning four matches before travelling overseas to compete on the resumed ATP Tour.
|WINNING PERCENTAGE – POOL A|
Li Tu, a 24-year-old from Adelaide who runs his own coaching business, proved one of the biggest surprises of the series.
Tu won 28 of the 30 matches he played across the series, claiming four Pool B and two Pool A titles. After beginning the series with a Universal Tennis Rating of 12.74, Tu’s rating has improved to 13.38.
|TITLES – POOL B|
Edward Winter, a 16-year-old from South Australia, won the most Pool B matches in total.
Tu was unbeaten in the 16 Pool B matches he contested, while Western Australia’s Scott Jones won 11 of his 12 matches.
|MATCH WINS – POOL B|
A total of 105 men contested the UTR Pro Tennis Series, sharing a prize money pool of $558,400. There were 18 men who collected more than $10,000 each.
Hijikata won the most prize money of all competitors with $30,100.
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