|John-Patrick Smith notched his first title of the year at the 2013
Manshield Tennis Futures, held at the Sargent Park Tennis
Garden, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Australian John-Patrick Smith has been crowned champion of the Manshield Futures, as he ousted Ante Pavic of Croatia 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the $15K ITF Pro Circuit event at Sargent Park Tennis Garden in Winnipeg on Sunday.
Seeded No. 2, Smith started slowly against his No. 7-seeded opponent, as he was broken in his first service game. But after dropping the opening set, Smith was able to come back strongly to nab the win. During the match, he also reeled off an impressive 13 straight points.
“I started the week off slowly but seemed to get into the groove, similar to the final where I lost the first set but went on to win,” Smith said following the match to Radio-Canada.
For the 24-year-old, the Manshield Futures is his first 2013 title and fourth overall. Smith is currently ranked world No. 304 and he will hope his performance in Winnipeg can provide him momentum through the rest of the season as he aims to better his career-high of No. 210.
Smith will next head to the US Open, where he will participate in the doubles draw alongside fellow Aussie Paul Hanley.
“I’ll have 10 minutes [to enjoy the victory] – that’s the length of the ride to the airport and then I have to focus on New York,” he said. For more information about the Manshield Futures, please visit www.winnipegfutures.com.
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