Duckworth Claims Cary Challenger Title

Champion at Cary Challenger: James Duckworth (photo: Atlantic Tire Championships)

CARY, September 17, 2018

Australian qualifier James Duckworth defeated No. 4 seed Reilly Opelka from the United States to claim the Atlantic Tire Championship singles title at Cary Tennis Park on Sunday. Duckworth, who struggled with foot and elbow injuries in the past, didn’t face any break points and battled through Opelka’s 23 aces to claim his first ATP Challenger title for 2018.

This is his sixth career singles ATP Challenger Title and the 26-year-old from Sydney takes away $7,200 in prize money as well as 80 ATP-Ranking points. Along the way to the Championship match, Duckworth defeated two other tournament seeds: No. 5 Bjorn Fratangelo and No. 6 Kevin King.

The all-US-American team of Evan King and Hunter Reese defeated the French team of Fabrice Martin and Hugo Nys in the doubles final. This is the pair’s second 2018 title, having previously won the Sarasota Challenger in April. King and Reese defeated the No. 1 seeds in 90 minutes.