DJERBA, May 7, 2018
Andres Artunedo Martinavarro of Spain is the champion of last week’s $15,000 Djerba Open, the 17th ITF Pro Circuit men’s event held on Tunisian soil this season. The top seed battled past third favourite Maxime Tchoutakian of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in Sunday’s final at the Jerba Sun Club.
Artunedo Marinavarro struck seven aces, winning 73 per cent of his first service points. The 24-year-old broke his opponent five times to prevail after two hours and 14 minutes.
“It was a very tough match. I think that Maxime played very well at the beginning of the match,” Artunedo Martinavarro told. “It was very hard for me but I tried to stay calm and confindet. Little by little I started to play better and eventually won the match.”
By lifting his 11th ITF Pro Circuit trophy, his second of the season, the Spaniard takes away $1,944 in prize money as well as 18 ATP Ranking points.
Saraiva/Verbeek go back-to-back
On Saturday, Bernardo Saraiva of Portugal and Sem Verbeek from the Netherlands claimed the doubles title. The top seeds defeated Ignacio Carou of Argentina and Diego Hidalgo from Ecuador 7-5, 6-3. The final lasted one hour and 21 minutes.
“We are very happy to win this tournament. Winning two times in a row was our goal,” the champions were pleased.
“There were huge moments, where the match was tricky but we were able to bounce back and stay stronger together.”