Dudwadkar is off for training the first few weeks of the year, but everybody else played in the first set of 250 events. Prakash Mooljee was the top seed at Brisbane, losing a set in the quarterfinals to Jurco and then having a tight final which he eventually won against Tomas Niklas, 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3. The way the match went though, it really shouldn't have been quite that close. Either way, a good warm-up event to start off the year. In Chennai, Girish Girsh met up with Antonin Iglar in the final, and ultimately lost an epic match there. 6-4, 6-7(13), 7-6(6) was the scoreline, his third loss in the last four meetings with Iglar after having won six straight prior to that. It could have gone either way, but Iglar's serve(22-12 aces) was much more potent and just enough to make the difference. Anil Mehul entered at Qatar, losing a competitive semifinal to Tiosav Srbulovic. He was out there again to get more matches the next week at the Sydney event, but did no better; this time his semifinal conqueror was Andronikov. Interestingly, it was unseed Djurdje Moicevic who went on take the title.
Coming Up ...
The Australian Open gives us our first look at who is primed for a big year in 2049.
Last edited by Brian Swartz : 11-21-2016 at 11:58 AM.