Canadians Filip Peliwo and David Volfson have set up a second-round meeting with each other after both booked opening victories at the $15,000 Tevlin Futures at Aviva Centre in Toronto on Tuesday.
Peliwo ousted qualifier Hunter Callahan of the United States 6-4, 6-2. After getting off to a shaky start, broken in his first service game, the Vancouver native turned it around. He wasn’t broken again, and was the better player overall, winning 60 per cent of the total points in the match.
For his part, Volfson posted an upset over No. 5 seed Jose Statham of New Zealand. Their duel lasted approximately two-and-a-half hours with Volfson triumphing 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5). The 18-year-old wild card actually won two less total points than his opponent – 105 to 107 – but came through on the most important points.
Peliwo and Volfson will now play each other for a spot in the quarter-finals. The two young athletes have never met before on the pro circuit.
The third Canadian in singles action on Tuesday was wild card Evan McNicol, who fell to Nathan Pasha of the United States 6-1, 6-1.
Other winners on the day include No. 4 seed Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy, who won 6-2, 6-2 over his American opponent Christoper Racz, and No. 8-seeded South African Fritz Wolmarans, who picked up a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory opposite American Nikita Kryvonos. Also advancing into the second round was American Jared Hiltzik, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Mexico’s Luis Patino. Hiltzik will next face top seed, Canadian Frank Dancevic.
The $15,000 Tevlin Futures will run at Aviva Centre’s outdoor hard courts through till the final on Saturday Sept. 19. For the complete draws, schedule, and results, please visit the ITF website.