TABILO BEGINS SASKATOON FUTURES WITH A VICTORY
July 7, 2014
Canadian Alejandro Tabilo only needed two sets to move himself into the second round at the $15,000 Saskatoon Futures on Monday, defeating Australian Leon Frost 6-3, 6-4 at the Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club.
Only 17 years old, Tabilo was given a wild card entry into the event and made sure the opportunity would not be wasted by winning his opening match of the tournament. This is just the third main draw the Toronto native has played on the ITF Pro Circuit in his short career.
Last year, Tabilo won his first-round match at a Futures event in his hometown and will now look to improve upon that result when he faces either No. 4 seed Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa or Alexander Sarkissian of the United States. The pair is scheduled to play their opening-round match on Tuesday.
Also playing on Monday in the singles draw was Connor Smith of the United States, the tournament’s No. 7 seed. Facing countryman Mico Santiago, Smith prevailed in his first-round match 6-4, 6-3. He will now face another American counterpart in the second round when he takes the court against Connor Farren, who won his opening match in Saskatoon 6-2, 6-2 over Ryan Wan Tat Cheung of Hong Kong.
Also advancing into the second round on Monday was No. 8 seed Theo Fournerie of France, who easily defeated American Mark Oljaca 6-0, 6-1. Fournerie will now face American qualifier Mousheg Hovhannisyan, who secured a spot in the second round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over American Oscar Fabian Matthews.
The only other singles match on Monday saw Libyan qualifier Fares Ghasya easily dominate American Alexander Centenari 6-1, 6-0.
Play continues on Tuesday in the singles event with Canadians Filip Peliwo and Brayden Schnur, the No. 1 and No. 5 seeds at the event respectively, scheduled to play. Australian Benjamin Mitchell, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, will also be playing his first-round match in Saskatoon.