So, the season has finally officially started. We had a mixed return on results today.
In Brisbane Kyle played a qualifier in Round 1. Although tight Kyle won in straight sets, both of the sets were tiebreaks Kyle will play either Gilles Simon or Lucas Pouille in the next round.
Moving to Doha, and it was the doubles action today. Andy teamed up with Mariusz Fyrstenberg in a rare outing to the doubles circuit. It didn’t go as he would have liked, broken twice in the first set they were soon down. Second set went a bit better but with the no advantage played at Deuce they were broken and eventually lost 2-6, 4-6. Andy can now concentrate on the singles, he will not have been happy with how today went, so that will motive him even more.
Merlot were also in action in Doha. They had a much easier time of things, winning in straight sets 602, 6-3 to make easy progress to the QF.
Over on the WTA and in Shenzhen Joko started her singles campaign. As third seed she came through a quick straight sets match with little difficulty, losing only 2 games.
Onto the Challenger circuit and in Happy Valley, Brydan needed one win to make the main draw. He fought hard but lost in 3 sets. He won the first set 6-4, but then lost the next one 5-7. The final set went to a tiebreak, which Brydan lost but it was close.
Lloyd Glasspool had much more luck over in Bangkok. He took on the 6th seed in the final QR. Lloyd took the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 – he makes the main draw.
At the Hopman Cup it didn’t really go our way today. Evo faced up to Federer (who was back playing after quite an absence) – The Swiss guy took Evo out in straight sets. Hev was then up next against Belinda Bencic and although she took a set from her, overall the Swiss had a 2-0 lead. Then it was the mixed doubles, since the last time I paid attention to the Hopman Cup (sorry lol) they appear to have changed the doubles to a “fast 4” format, where the sets are the first to 4. Switzerland dominated both of the sets, but we did get a game. The Swiss won 3-0.