TU in Down Under!

Fri, 11.01.2019

The new year has just begun and already the first highlight of the year is coming up!
For the first Grand Slam of the year the Tennis-University is heading with four players and three coaches to Australia. Tatsuma Ito, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ruben Bemelmans started in the Qualifying Singles with a lot of confidence from the preseason.

Ruben Bemelmans, unfortunately handicapped by an injury from the first set, tried everything but lost after a hard fight in the first qualifying round against his compatriot Kimmer Coppejans with 5:7 and 4:6. Get well soon and good luck for the next tournaments, Ruben!

A very strong performance showed our long-time TU professional and currently best player in India, Prajnesh Gunneswaren! After convincing victories against Viktor Galovic (6:4, 6:4) and Enrique Lopez Perez (6:3, 6:3), Praj also showed a brilliant performance in the final qualifying round against the upcoming young-professional Yosuke Watanuki, winning 6:7, 6:4 and 6:4.
After the best year of his career and his personal Career-High, ranked 104th, the year 2019, with his first Grand Slam Maindraw participation, begins as successfully as 2018 ended. Class performance Praj and all the best for your first-round match! There, with the American NextGen star Frances Tiafoe (ATP 39), a difficult task is expected. But in your current form there is nothing you can’t achieve, Praj!

Likewise a powerful and strong performance was shown by Tatsuma Ito! After a three-set victory (6:3, 3:6, 6:3) against world’s former No. 36, Simone Bolelli, Tatsuma Ito defeated the German-Spanish talent Nicola Kuhn confidently with 6:3 and 6:3, before Lorenzo Sonego, seeded 1 in qualies and ranked 104 in the world, was coming up in the final qualifying round. There Ito shows an astonishing performance and defeated his opponent in the Australian heat after 2:30h with 7:6, 0:6 and 7:6. Daniel Evans, also a qualifier and number 190 in the world, is now the first opponent in the maindraw. Good luck for the rest of the tournament, Tatsuma!

With Michael Mmoh, who moved directly into the main draw, the TU is now represented with three out of four possible players in the main draw of the Australian Open 2019. An incredible achievement to this point!

Tennis University wishes you Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Tatsuma Ito and Michael Mmoh and the coaches Alexander Waske, Björn Simon and Philipp Petzschner all the best in the first round. Keep it going, guys!

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