Photo: Mathilde DusolMartin de la Puente (ESP)
It was a busy first day for Spain’s Francesc Prat-Serra and Jose Luis Montoya on Wednesday at the 5th Open Memorial Santi Silvas, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, as both players came through men’s singles qualifying, played their first men’s main draw match and also won their doubles qualifying match.
Prat Serra and Montoya both secured straight sets wins over Italian opponents in the qualifying round for the men’s singles, but later bowed out to Spain’s Juan Rodrigues and Switzerland’s Thomas von Daeniken respectively.
However, the day ended on a positive note for Prat-Serra and Montoya, who edged out Italy’s Luciano Grande and Umberto Pamerto 46 75 (10-4) after a championship tiebreak in their doubles qualifying match to earn their place in the doubles main draw against another Italian partnership, Andrea Rinaldini and Paolo Tondotonati.
The start of the main draw singles saw Rinaldini come through the only three set match on the first day in OIot as he beat his higher ranked Dutch opponent Marco Eggink 60 57 61.
There were conflicting fortunes for World Team Cup medal-winning junior players Carlos Anker and Martin de La Puente. Anker, who won a bronze medal as part of the Dutch junior team in Turkey last month, defeated fellow Dutchman and qualifier Bas Parinussa 63 62. Meanwhile, de la Puente, a member of Spain’s silver medal-winning junior team in Turkey, bowed out to Italy’s Luciano Grande 62 64.
However, de la Puente later partnered Anker to advance to the men’s doubles quarterfinals.
Thursday’s second day of play in Olot will see the start of the tournament for the seeded players in the men’s singles, as well as the start of the women’s singles round-robin matches.
Meanwhile, away from the competition in the ITF 2 Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, the second day will also include an exhibition between Tournament Director Tommy Robredo and Martina Hingis.