Photo: Corinne DubreuilYulia Putintseva (RUS)
Seven players, six female and one male, will be heading straight from the Australian Open and into ITF Pro Circuit action during the week commencing 28 January.
The Six women who featured in the Australian Open main draw will be putting their talents on show at ITF Pro Circuit tournaments in Israel and Australia. The tournament in Eilat, Israel will feature teenagers Yulia Putintseva (18), Elina Svitolina (18) and Michelle Larcher de Brito (19). The other three players, all in their twenties, have elected to remain in Australia and will be going for the title in Burnie. They are Sacha Jones (22), Bojana Bobusic (25) and Olivia Rogowska (21).
Putintseva enjoyed the greater success of these players during the course of the Australian Open, the six-time winner on the ITF Pro Circuit reached the second round with a 61 67(0) 62 defeat of Christina McHale where she fell in a similar scoreline of 16 76(5) 62 to former WTA world number 22 and two-time Grand Slam singles quarterfinalist Carla Suarez Navarro.
21-year old Rogowska was playing in the Australian Open main draw for the fifth straight year, reaching the second round in 2012, and she will be returning to Burnie to defend her title and stay within touching distance of breaking into the WTA Top 100 for the first time.
The lone male player is the current ITF Pro Circuit record holder for most consecutive match wins, Arnau Brugues Davi. The 27-year old, who has reached an ATP career high of 135, came through the Australian Open qualifying event to reach the first round but went down in straight sets to Spain’s former ATP world number 15 Feliciano Lopez, a three time Grand Slam quarterfinalist at Wimbledon.
Brugues Davi will be looking to add to his current haul of 16 singles titles on the ITF Pro Circuit when he travels to Feucherolles in France where he was champion in 2011.
In all, during the week, the ITF Pro Circuit will be welcoming 20 players who ranked within the WTA Top 200 as of the entry deadline, seven of which were within the Top 150. There will be 13 male players who ranked inside the ATP Top 300 in action and a total of 43 players who have represented their nation in Fed Cup (27 players) or Davis Cup (16 players).
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