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TENNIS: Rey sparkles to earn first ATP Tour point
10:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
Oxfordshire has a new rising star after Sebastian Rey earned his first ATP Tour point in the United States.
Playing in the ITF USA F29 Futures event at Pensacola in Florida, the 18-year-old, from Wantage, came through four qualifying rounds to earn his place in the last-32 main draw.
And there he defeated USA’s Connor Farren, world-ranked 907, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 to earn his first ATP point.
He then faced No 1 seed Hans Podlipnik-Castillo, from Chile, the world No 296, in the last 16 where his run came to an end with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat.
In qualifying, Rey opened up by defeating Sweden’s Oscar Forsell 6-2, 6-3.
He then overcame USA’s Thomas Mayronne 7-5, 6-4, before beating New Zealand’s Chester Espie 6-3, 6-2.
And he secured his place in the main draw by brushing aside Japan’s Hidetoshi Owada 6-2, 6-1.
BEN Charlesworth won a high-quality Grade 5 tournament at Virgin Active Oxford.
He triumphed with a 5-4, 4-2 victory over Oxfordshire teammate Ned Batstone in the final.
Dorset’s Annabelle Lammas won the girls’ event, with Oxon’s Saffy Gujral defeating Laila Zugic 5-4, 4-2 to take third place.
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