Stellenbosch, South Africa - In 1997 he became the junior Wimbledon champion, Wesley Whitehouse was seen as the future of South African tennis; now some 18 years later, the 36-year-old Whitehouse now a New Zealander will go up against the face of the future of South African tennis in the second round Nik Scholtz.
Seventh seed Keith-Patrick Crowley of South Africa in action during round 1 of the Digicall Futures 1. Crowley beat unseeded fellow South African Lloyd Segal 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday at the University of Stellenbosch.
South African and sixth seed Madrie Le Roux on Wednesday at the Digicall Futures 1. Le Roux beat unseeded Dominique Wahl of Germany 6-0 6-1 during round 1 at the University of Stellenbosch.
Nik Scholtz of South Africa in action during round 1 of the Digicall Futures on Wednesday. Scholtz beat Daniel Tamir of Israel 7-5 6-4 at the University of Stellenbosch.
Picture credit: BLD Communications/Nceba Mbava
The second-seeded Scholtz won his first match against Israel’s Tamir Daniel 7-5, 6-4. Whitehouse booked his place in the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Zimbabwe’s Mark Fynn.
The top-seeded Pascal Brunner started his campaign convincingly when he defeated local junior Rossouw Norval 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. The Austrian was deadly on court and Norval, who qualified for the tournament, had no answers for any of the strokes from Brunner. The longest match of the day was between the seventh seed Keith-Patrick Crowley who struggled against his fellow South African Lloyd Segal. Crowley needed two hours and 10 minutes to secure a win of 6-7, 6-4 6-4.
Other Wednesday first round winners in the men were; Third seed Lucas Miedler of Austria, Collin Johns of USA, Quentin Robert of Reunion Island and Dekel Bar of Israel.
In the women’s singles, the sixth seed Madrie le Roux of South Africa opened her campaign with an easy victory match against Germany’s Dominic Wahl winning 6-0, 6-1.
The only surprise of the day was when the unseeded Gabriella Taylor of Britain upset fourth seed Katharina Hering of Germany 6-2, 6-3. The women’s Tuesday first round winners were; fifth seed Luisa Huber Germany, seventh seed Alexandra Riley of USA, eighth seed Amelie Intert of Germany, Yijia Shao of China, Huijie Li of China and Dan Ni Wang also of China.