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Banes wins first Australian title at the Tennis Wollongong International

Maverick Banes (QLD) has won his first title in two years, defeating American Jarmere Jenkins to take the Tennis Wollongong International title on Sunday.

“I’m pretty stoked to get my first title in Australia and also my first win over Jarmere, who has got the better of me the last 4 times we played,” Banes said.

Fourth seed Jenkins, took the opening set in a tiebreaker, in 55 minutes. He continued to power through breaking Banes at 4-3, to serve for the match at 5-3. However, Banes didn’t back away from the match as he managed to secure the break back, to take out the second set 7-5. From that point on the 24-year-old Queenslander broke serve twice in the third set to take out the match 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2.

Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall presented both players with the trophies.

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Ken Rosewall in attendance tomorrow at the Tennis Wollongong International

Jarmere Jenkins (USA) and Maverick Banes (QLD)have both secured a spot in the final of the Tennis Wollongong International.

Fourth seed Jenkins made easy work of N. Sriram Balaji (IND), winning in straight sets, 6-1 6-1. Jenkins broke Balaji in the opening game and continued to dominate through out the match, which took only 41 minutes to complete. This is Jenkinsfourth final in Australia this year.

Banes advanced to his second consecutive Tennis Wollongong International singles final with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 semi-final victory over wildcard Harry Bourchier. Banes broke serve to go up 5-3, before he held serve to take the first set. Bourchier made little errors in the second set, breaking Banes to take the second set in 34 minutes. Banes stepped up the pressure eventually taking the match in 2 hours 04 minutes.

Australian tennis great Ken Rosewall will be in attendance at tomorrow’s singles final of the Tennis Wollongong International. Rosewall who amassed 18 major titles, will present the trophy to the winner and finalist.

Singles final will commence at 10am tomorrow.


All of the updated draws and tomorrow’s order of play are attached, with today’s results listed below.

The Tennis Wollongong International 2016 will take place at the City of Wollongong Tennis Centre, Beaton Park from 7-13 November 2016. Main draw matches will start at 10.00am on Monday, 7 November.

Live scores of all Australian Pro Tour events are available at www.tennis.com.au/protour/scores and for a live stream of this event visit www.tennis.com.au/protour.

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Banes and Jenkins advance to the singles semi-finals of the Tennis Wollongong International

Top seed Blake Mott has been knocked out of the Tennis Wollongong International by Queenslander Maverick Banes.

Banes advanced to the singles semi-final round after winning a 2 hour 13 minute marathon against Mott.

Mott won the first set 6-4 in 35 minutes, breaking serve twice to take the opening set. Banes didn’t back away from the match, as he held serve to take out the second set 6-4 in 56 minutes. The 24-year-old Queenslander broke serve twice, early in the final set to take a 4-1 lead. Banes was able to break the New South Welshman’s serve to take the match 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Banes will now meet Harry Bourchier (TAS) in tomorrow’s Semi-final round.

In tomorrow’s other semi-final, fourth seed Jarmere Jenkins (USA) will face India’s Sriram N. Balaji, after he accounted for Gavin van Peperzeel (QLD) in today’s quarter-final, winning 6-3 6-3 in 1 hour 31 minutes.

In this afternoon’s doubles final, the top seeds and 2014 Tennis Wollongong International doubles winners, Gavin van Peperzeel and Maverick Banes were defeated by Finn Tearney (NZL) andDaniel Nolan (MEL), 4-6 6-4 10-5 in the match tie-break.

Singles semi-finals will commence at 10am tomorrow, with Jenkins first up on court 1, followed by Banes and Bourchier.


All of the updated draws and tomorrow’s order of play are attached, with today’s results listed below.

The Tennis Wollongong International 2016 will take place at the City of Wollongong Tennis Centre, Beaton Park from 7-13 November 2016. Main draw matches will start at 10.00am on Monday, 7 November.

Live scores of all Australian Pro Tour events are available at www.tennis.com.au/protour/scores and for a live stream of this event visit www.tennis.com.au/protour.

For Australian Pro Tour updates follow @oztennisresults on Twitter and for all tennis news follow @tennisaustralia or like us on Facebook.

For more information on the Australian Pro Tour or Tennis Australia visit tennis.com.au. For the full entry list and draw visit itftennis.com.

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Mott and Banes to battle it out in the quarter-finals of the Tennis Wollongong International

Blake Mott (NSW) has secured his place in the quarter-finals of the Tennis Wollongong International.

First seed Mott made easy work of youngster Kody Pearson (NSW), winning the match in straight sets, taking just over one hour. Mott raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set, eventually winning 6-1. Mott was too experienced for Pearson, serving three aces to take out the second set and the match 6-2.

"Playing in Wollongong this week has been great for my friends and family to see me play because they don't get a chance to see me very often," Mott said.

Maverick Banes (QLD) advanced to his fourth Tennis Wollongong International quarter-final with a 6-0 6-3 second round victory over qualifier Nathan Eshmade (SA). Banes won the first set in 21 minutes and wrapped up the match in 62 minutes.

Mott will now face Banes in tomorrow’s quarter-finals. This will be the fifth time the pair have met, with previous head to head meetings making it two wins each.

"I've played Mav a few times and he's really experienced, so it should be a really good match," Mott said.

Fourth seed Jarmere Jenkins (USA) has stormed into the men’s singles quarter-finals. The 2014 Tennis Wollongong International champion easily accounted for Queenslander Thomas Fancutt in today’s second round match, winning 6-1 6-2 in 53 minutes.

Jenkins will meet seventh seed Gavin van Peperzeel (QLD) in tomorrow’s quarter-finals, after van Peperzeel defeated Jeremy Beale (MEL) 6-1 6-0.

Top seeds and 2014 Tennis Wollongong International doubles winners, Banes and van Peperzeel are up against Finn Tearney (NZL) and Daniel Nolan (MEL) in tomorrow’s men’s doubles final after they defeated Nathan Pasha (USA) and Darren Polkinghorne (SA) in a thrilling match 4-6 7-6(1) (13-11). Banes and van Peperzeel will be looking to collect their sixth trophy as a doubles pair.

Singles quarter-finals will commence at 10am tomorrow morning with Mott first up on court 1. The doubles final will also be played tomorrow on court 1, not before 1pm.

All of the updated draws and tomorrow’s order of play are attached, with today’s results listed below.

The Tennis Wollongong International 2016 will take place at the City of Wollongong Tennis Centre, Beaton Park from 7-13 November 2016. Main draw matches will start at 10.00am on Monday, 7 November.

Live scores of all Australian Pro Tour events are available at www.tennis.com.au/protour/scores and for a live stream of this event visit www.tennis.com.au/protour.

For Australian Pro Tour updates follow @oztennisresults on Twitter and for all tennis news follow @tennisaustralia or like us on Facebook.

For more information on the Australian Pro Tour or Tennis Australia visit tennis.com.au. For the full entry list and draw visit itftennis.com.

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Unbeatable

Illawarra Mercury

By TIM BARROW

The spoils: Ben Mitchell holds the Wollongong International trophy after beating Germany's Sebastian Fanselow in straight sets on Sunday. Picture: Georgia Matts

The spoils: Ben Mitchell holds the Wollongong International trophy after beating Germany's Sebastian Fanselow in straight sets on Sunday. Picture: Georgia Matts


QUEENSLANDER Ben Mitchell survived five break points before holding a crucial service game, which set him on course for a straight sets victory at the Wollongong International final on Sunday.

Mitchell won 6-1, 6-4, but had to fight his way back from a break down against Germany’s Sebastian Fanselow at Beaton Park.

Fanselow had led 4-1 in the second set and then had five opportunities to snatch a crucial break while leading 4-3.

However, Mitchell responded on each occasion, before pulling off a stunning lob which caught the baseline, holding at 4-all, the pivotal moment in the match. “I think it got the back of the line,” Mitchell said.

“I wasn’t quite sure if it was going in and (the linesman) didn’t call it, so I was pretty happy.

“To hold off those five break points at 3-4 was the really big turning point.

“I think every single break point (Fanselow had) I won with an ace or a winner, so I’m just happy I was aggressive and held on.”

It’s his second consecutive triumph, after winning the Canberra International Challenger tournament last week. In cruise control early, Mitchell, who is ranked almost 400 ATP places higher than Fanselow, took the first set in 25 minutes.

Mitchell’s second set fightback ensured he finished the tournament without dropping a set.

“It’s the first time I’ve won a tournament without dropping a set, which is very hard to do,” Mitchell said.

Having twice played in the main draw at the Australian Open, losing to American John Isner (2012) and fellow Aussie James Duckworth (2013), Mitchell declared he is playing better than ever.

“My current for is the best it’s ever been,” he said.

“I’m calm. On break points and big points I’ve got a clear mindset and I know what I need to do.

“Winning a Challenger tournament is massive and I’ve picked up quite a few rankings points in the two weeks. I’ve won 10 matches in a row now, so I’ve just got to keep it going.”

Banes, Tearney deliver in tie-break

Illawarra Mercury

By TIM BARROW
Nov. 15, 2015, 3:15 p.m.

MAVERICK Banes and Finn Tearney won two matches on Sunday to claim the Ashley Fisher doubles trophy at the Wollongong International.

Resuming at 4-2, Australian Banes and New Zealander Tearney marched through to the final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jeremy Beale and Ivan Goluza.

Then in a dramatic decider, the No 2 seeds overcame top-seeded Steven de Waard and Marc Polmans to claim the title in a super tie-break.

Banes and Tearney won five points in a row in the tie-break, sealing the match 6-7, 7-5, 10-6 in 92 minutes.

It came after Tearney missed out on a place in the singles final after losing 6-4, 6-2 to runner-up Sebastian Fanselow. De Waard and Polmans fought back from a mid-set break to claim the first in a tie-breaker.

However, Banes and Tearney broke in the 12th game of the second set to send the match to a thrilling super tie-break finale. The No 1 seeds led 6-5, before their rivals’ late surge.


Close call: Marc Polmans lost the doubles final in a super tie-break.

Close call: Marc Polmans lost the doubles final in a super tie-break.

Second chance for runner-up Fanselow

Illawarra Mercury

By TIM BARROW
Nov. 15, 2015, 1:33 p.m.

Net gain: Wollongong International winner Ben Mitchell takes a moment to enjoy his success at Beaton Park on Sunday. Picture: Georgia Matts

Net gain: Wollongong International winner Ben Mitchell takes a moment to enjoy his success at Beaton Park on Sunday. Picture: Georgia Matts


BEATEN finalist Sebastian Fanselow will return to the Beaton Park courts this week for a second shot at Wollongong International glory.

The German fell short in the final on Sunday, but will not have to worry about the presence of victor Ben Mitchell this week.

Unseeded Fanselow had made a statement in the quarter-finals, toppling American No 1 seed Connor Smith in a three-setter in bizarre circumstances.

However, after holding a second set break against Mitchell, he conceded five straight games to lose the final 6-1, 6-4.

When the $15,000 Beaton Park event, which is split into two tournaments, resumes on Tuesday, Mitchell will be preparing to fly to Japan to play a Challenger tournament.

It will leave Smith, New Zealand Jose Statham and Fanselow among the favourites to take from the Wollongong prize pool.

“It’s a pretty strong Futures (tournament),” Mitchell said after claiming the trophy on Sunday.

“The Aussie Futures are getting to be the strongest in the world.

“I was looking through the future list (Saturday) night and I don’t think there’s any stronger than this one.

“It’s a tough week and even though I didn’t drop a set, there were some tough matches."

Mitchell’s triumph held extra significance, with family watching on.

It was the first time his father Chris had seen him play in 12 months, such is the demands of the international circuit.

The Wollongong International victory is Mitchell’s 10th career title and second in a row after winning at the Canberra Challenger event last week.

Fanselow had made the final by beating Connor Smith, who will be the No 1 seed again this week.

Smith had won the first set 7-5, but in extraordinary fashion Fanselow hit back, taking out the match 6-0, 6-0.

Fanselow is ranked at 628 in the world, with Smith the highest ranked player at the Wollongong event at 238.

Of the other contenders, Statham, at No 293, was knocked out in the semi-finals by Mitchell.

Statham played in the 2014 Wollongong International final, losing 6-4, 7-5 to American Jarmere Jenkins.

Czech Robin Stanek, who beat Fanselow in Canberra last week, but bowed out in the quarters in Wollongong, will also be involved in this week’s tournament, as will American Marcos Giron and Thirroul’s Blake Mott.

Mitchell is hoping to gain a wildcard to the Australian Open, the third time he will have played at a grand slam. He is also chasing a place at the Brisbane International in January in the lead-up.

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