Bahrain’s Yousef Qaed was eliminated from the qualifying round of the ATP Tennis Challenger, which got underway last night at the Public Security’s officers club courts in Gudaibiya.
Entering the competition through wild card, Qaed lost his qualifying round match to Michail Pervolarakis of Greece in straight sets, and with it an early exit from the international tournament. Sets results were 6-4, 6-0.
Making debut at the world-class tennis tournament, Qaed headed into the qualifying match against his Greek opponent hoping to book berth in the competition’s main draw.
However, the prominent Bahraini faced a tough challenge from Pervolarakis, who secured a straight-set victory and a place in the main draw, scheduled for tomorrow.
In another match, Saudi Arabia’s Ammar Al Hogbani bowed out of the competition after a similar straight-set (1-6, 2-6) defeat to Germany’s Johannes Haerteis.
Omar Ahmed, another entrant from Saudi Arabia, was unable to advance into the tournament’s main draw, having lost his qualifying game to Khumoyun Sultanov of Uzbekistan 0-2 (3-6, 2-6).
Sixth seed Marek Gengel of Czech Republic, second seed Vladyslav Orlov of Ukraine, seventh seed Bulgaria’s Alexandar Lazarov, Germany’s fourth seed Tobias Simon and non-seeded Maximilian Neuchrist of Austria all made it to the main draw.
But the cream of yesterday’s action was a come-from-behind victory for Tobias, who overcame an unstable start to edge Ukraine’s Eric Vanshelboim 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Meanwhile, Neuchrist caused the first upset of the competition, sending eighth seed Ivan Gakhov Russia out of the tournament with a surprising hard-fought 7-6 (6), 6-4) victory.
The remaining matches saw Gengel come from behind to beat India’s Arjun Kadhe 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, Orlov defeat Patrik Niklas-Salminen of Finland 2-0 6-1, 7-6 (3) and Lazarov beat Alexander Cozbinov of Moldova 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, 10 matches will conclude the second and last day of the qualifying round today, including a match between Bahrain’s other representative Hasan Abdulnabi and Great Britain’s Jay Clarke.
The qualified players will then join the 23 already-qualified entrants tomorrow in the main draw.
The semi-finals of the singles and doubles events are scheduled for Saturday, while the finals will take place the following day, the concluding day of the championship.
Organised by the Ministry of Interior’s Public Security Sports Association in Bahrain for the second time, this prestigious 10-day event is the largest tennis sporting event hosted by the kingdom, with world-class players from 27 countries in the fray.
It is being held Under the patronage of Interior Minister Lt Gen Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa. The tournament is being supervised and observed by International Tennis Federation representative Valery Lutkov of Russia and run by international referee Ashraf Hamouda of Egypt.
Today’s fixtures: Johannes Haerteis (GER) vs Alexandar Lazarov (BUL), Tobias Simon (GER) vs Maximilian Nruchrist (AUT), Vladyslav Orlov (UKR) vs Michail Pervolarakis (GRE), Khumoyun Sultanov (UZB) vs Marek Gengel (CZE), Hasan Abdulnabi (BRN) vs Jay Clarke (GBR), Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) vs Ivan Curbelo (ESP), Mirza Basic (BIH) vs Evgeny Karlovskiy (RUS), Duje Ajdukovic (CRO) vs Mukund Sasikumar (IND), Ertgi Kirkin (TUR) vs Cem Ilkel (TUR), Ryan Peniston (GBR) vs Christopher O’Connell (AUS).