ITF World Tennis Tour – Round-Up CW01

Toby Kodat (photo: IMG Tennis/Twitter)

MUNICH, January 13, 2021 (by Dietmar Kaspar)

M15 Antalya TUR – Teenager Toby Kodat captures his maiden title

Eighteen-year-old Toby Kodat from the United States emerged victorious at the M15 Antalya tournament, held at Club Megasaray in Belek in the first week of the new season, to celebrate his first title on the ITF World Tennis Tour.

The current World No. 4 in the ITF junior’s ranking battled through the top half of the draw, beating Alex Marti Pujolras from Spain in the semi-finals in three sets.

The tournament’s second favourite Maxime Hamou from France advanced to the final with a straight-set win versus Argentinian No. 3 seed Pedro Cachin.

Bradenton-born Kodat capitalized on seven of his 11 break-point opportunities in the championship match to secure a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win after two hours and 11 minutes.

M15 Manacor ESP – Antoine Bellier prevails in Mallorca

Antoine Bellier is the champion of the ITF Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar World Tennis Tour by LG.

The Geneva native edged past French No. 4 seed Jules Okala in the stage of the last four in straight sets.

Frenchman Evan Furness took the last step to the final by defeating Spanish wildcard entry Daniel Rincon, who is based at the Rafa Nadal-academy in Manacor, in two sets.

Twenty-four-year-old Bellier converted three of his four break-point chances in the title match to prevail 7-6, 6-4 after one hour and 55 minutes. The lefty, who already represented Switzerland in the Davis Cup, lifted his fourth singles trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour.

Due to bad weather in Mallorca, some matches had to be played indoors and the finals in singles and doubles had to be held on Monday.

M15 Cairo EGY – Fabricio Ornago wins another title on clay

The Egypt Men’s Future, which was held at Al-Solaimaneyah Center in Cairo, concluded with the title win of favourite Fabricio Ornago.

The top seed emerged victorious from the all-Italian encounter in the semi-finals against Simone Roncalli in three sets.

No. 6 seeded Spaniard Jose Fco. Vidal Azorin stopped the run of French qualifier Maxence Beauge in the stage of the last four in three sets.

Melzo-born Ornago made one point more in a close championship match to claim a 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 victory after three hours and 32 minutes. The 28-year-old lifted his sixth career trophy on the ITF World Tennis tour, all of them achieved on clay court.

M15 Monastir TUN – Marathon man Eric Vanshelmboim triumphs in Egypt

Eric Vanshelboim clinched the trophy of the Magic Hotel Tours tournament, hosted by the Hotel Skanes Family in Monastir, winning all his matches in three sets.

The 19-year-old Ukrainian battled past the Polish No. 7 seed Wojciech Marek in the stage of the final four in three close sets.

Tunisian No. 3 seed Skander Mansouri knocked off the tournament’s top favourite Kaichi Uchida from Japan in the semi-finals in three sets.

Unseeded Vanshelboim outpointed his 25-year-old rival in the title match 89-88 to prevail 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in about two hours. Following his title win in China one year ago, the Sarajevo native celebrated his second singles title on the ITF World Tennis Tour.