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1st Round Win! Aus Open 2017 Qualifying Event

I won my first round match yesterday at the Aus Open Qualifying Event winning against Russian Alexander Kudryatsev 6-1 6-2. I play 2nd round Friday 13th Jan.

I play second match after 10am. Here below is the link to the livestream for the match, click on Court 7 : http://www.ausopen.com/mobile/en_AU/video/live.aotv.html

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Hi everyone,

Below is my side of the draw for the Qualifying Event for the Aus Open 2017. Thank you Tennis  Australia for the Wildcard.

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I’m last match on Court 8.

Go to AusOpen.com.au for live scores

Cheers Blake

Traralgon Challenger, Australia Hard $50,000

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Hi everyone,

I am playing the Traralgon Challenger this week. I don’t play until tomorrow Tuesday the 25th October 2016.

Here is the draw: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/6865/mds.pdf

Here is the Order of Play: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/6865/op.pdf

If there is a livestream link I will paste it here. Stand by

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

→Canberra Challenger 31 October 2016
→Wollongong ITF Futures Event 7 Nov 2016

Then back to Melbourne for a training block ready for the Aussie Summer of Tennis leading into the AO Grand Slam 2016.

Cheers Blake

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ITF Cairns – Finalist !

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Cairns ITF- Finalist!

This week I made it through to the Final of the Cairns ITF Futures event. I started really well in the Final, and then lost my way early on in the second set and will be first to admit that “I got complacent and looked too far ahead” before I knew it, I was 0-2 down. Chris played really strong and got the better of me and never gave in.

I take a lot of positives out of this week and the last week, and that is that my serve is improving after extensive work on that part of my game before I left for these two ITF events.

I now look forward to next week a Challenger event in Traralgon, Victoria, which is good for me, it is close to home and Peter Luczak my coach will be with me again at this event. Onto next week and a good start for me to the Australian Summer of Tennis. :) thanks for everyone for their support!

“O’Connell takes seesaw final in Cairns

Chris O’Connell has overcome a 0-6 start to take the Cairns Pro Tour title over Blake Mott.

 

Chris O’Connell has survived a blistering start from fellow New South Welshman Blake Mott to take the Cairns Tennis International title on Sunday.

After dropping the opening set without winning a game, the third seed righted the ship to eventually claim victory 0-6 6-2 6-4 in just under two hours.

“Blake came out all guns blazing and I really didn’t know what hit me,” O’Connell, a previous Cairns semifinalist, said.

“Everything was going a million miles an hour and before I knew it, the first set was over.

“I really had to regroup and think about what I needed to change up, but I seemed to turn it around quite quickly.

“It was quite a strange match, very up and down, but I thought I had the better of the second set and then the third set was anyone’s game again.

“I was lucky enough to get through it in the end.”

The pair last met in a February Pro Tour final in Port Pirie, with O’Connell also taking the honours then in three tight sets.

Mott had just enjoyed a break-out ATP Challenger win in Launceston, but since then O’Connell has had some success of his own, reaching a semifinal at the same level in Sibiu, Romania, just last month.”

Compliments of Cairns QLD, Australia, 16 October 2016 | David Packman http://www.tennis.com.au/news/2016/10/16/oconnell-takes-seesaw-final-in-cairns

Cheers Blake

ITF Toowoomba – Finalist

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Hi everyone,

My first tournament back since my return to Aus has been great, to which I made the Final. Unfortunately I lost to Jamere who played well and got the win 7-6 7-6.

“I thought I played pretty well when I was down but maybe could have been a bit more aggressive when I was up,” “I felt like I had a couple of really good opportunities but didn’t quite grab it by the horns. That’s the ebbs and flows of tennis. I understand that’s how it goes,” “You’ve just got to keep chipping away and bringing the same competitive attitude and giving it your all.”

“It’s my first tournament of this Aussie summer campaign, so for me it’s great to get some matches and it’s a good start.

Thanks to Hutchinson Builders who put on a fantastic event, thanks to all the lines people and ball boys and girls. What a great week! Thanks to everyone and especially Peter Luczak my coach and mate Marc Polmans.

Onto the next tournament starting Wednesday for me  at Cairns ITF F 8.

Here’s the link to the main draw when it becomes available:

http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/3381/mds.pdf

There will be live streaming of the event here at Epicentre TV: http://www.epicentre.tv/itf-tennis/

ITF link to draw and Order of Play : http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100037784

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Schedule for October – Aussie Tour

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Hi everyone,

Here is my schedule for October here in Aus! I am going to sit out Alice Springs and Brisbane ITF  Futures event to practice and work hard on some things I want to work on. Cheers Blake :)

AUSTRALIA F7 FUTURES – TOOWOOMBA - 3 October – 9 October 2016 – http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100037783

AUSTRALIA F8 FUTURES – CAIRNS  - 10 October – 16 October 2016 – http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100037784

 

Shanghai, China Challenger

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Hi everyone,

I am in Shanghai, China playing the Challenger event here. I don’t play until tomorrow Wednesday 7th September 2016.

I lost a tough match last week, tried my best, but although I felt I pushed him hard, my serve let me down and lost the match in 3.

Surprise though, I get another chance tomorrow against the same guy.

I am in Main Draw, here is the draw: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/6313/mds.pdf

Here is the Order of Play: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/6313/op.pdf

Cheers Blake

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Shanghai University To Host Challenger Tour

ATP Challengers Tour will be held at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Songjiang District from September 4 to 11. The aim is to promote the sport among students.

The Tour, with a total prize money of US$50,000, will feature male players ranked between 50 and 300. The winner will be awarded 80 ATP ranking points. The best Chinese players will be given wildcards to the 2016 Shanghai Masters next month. China’s top male players Wu Di, Zhang Ze and Li Zhe will all take part in the event.

The event will be held in the campus for two years.

Bangkok Open Challenger – Starting Today!!

 

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Hi everyone,

After a quick visit back home, I have flown back out and am in Bangkok playing 3 or 4 Challenger events here in Asia.

The first is the Bangkok Challenger in Thailand

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BANGKOK OPEN 2016

 

I play at 4pm roughly your time in Australia today, Monday 29 August 2016.

I am direct entry into the Main Draw.  Here is the draw : http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/7561/mds.pdf

Here is the order of play if you need it: http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/7561/op.pdf

I may not be on a livestream court but if it is here is the link: https://livestream.com/ATP

And doubles too : http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/7561/mdd.pdf

Cheers Blake

 

 

 

 

 

Gatineau, Canada Challenger

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Hi everyone,

This is my last tournament before heading home. I just made it in to the Main Draw. I am second on tomorrow around 12.30pm.

Here is the draw http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/7557/mds.pdf

Order of Play http://www.protennislive.com/posting/2016/7557/op.pdf

Livestream Link : http://gatineau.challengerbanquenationale.com/en/court-1/

Or this one : http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/atp-challenger-tour

Cheers Blake