Daniel Phillips suffers quarter-final doubles defeat at Delray Beach tournament
Daniel Phillips crashed out in the second round of the singles competition at the J3 Delray Beach International Tennis Federation tournament and also saw his doubles campaign come to an end in the quarter-finals at the Delray Swim and Tennis Club.
Phillips, who started the tournament as the tenth seed, was on the front foot early on in his contest against American Tommy Czaplinski and got off to a positive start, coming out on top of the opening exchanges after taking the first set 6-3 before the eighteenth-seeded Czaplinski took control of the match and ended the Bermudian’s campaign in the singles category.
Czaplinski, who will next face Brazilian Gustavo Ribeirode Almeida in the third round, took the next two sets 6-4, 6-4 as Phillips struggled to find an answer for his opponent. Czaplinski had defeated compatriot Daniel Kong 7-6, 6-2 in the opening round.
In doubles action Phillips and American partner Elias Shokry progressed to the quarter-finals after convincing victories but were eventually beaten 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 by Americans Ian Bracks and Abhishek Thorat.
Earlier, the sixth-seeded pair stopped another American duo Andrew Delgado and Tanner Povey 7-6, 6-1 before getting the better of Brazil’s Lucas Andrade Da Silva and Peru’s Diego Cueto de Romana 6-2, 7-5 to set up their quarter-final assignment.
Phillips, who has enjoyed success in the lower J4 and J5 categories, had a strong start to the Delray tournament after brushing aside American qualifier Alex Feies 6-3, 6-2 in his first-round contest.
Based in Delray Beach, Phillips arrived at the competition on the back of victories at the J4 tournament in Guatemala and also won the clay court doubles title in Panama, after teaming up with Canadian Sasha Rozin.
He had earlier lost to tournament winner Dante Carlos Teramo from Argentina, who defeated the Bermudian 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the quarter-finals stage at the J4 Llanos De Curundu competition.
In Puerto Rico, Phillips, who started as the sixth seed at the J4 hard court tournament, outlasted eight-seeded American Cyrus Mahjoob 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to secure top honours and continue his impressive performance on the circuit.
The 17-year-old, who has played eight events to date, is ranked 367th on 146.25 points in the latest world tennis tour junior rankings, having fallen five spots since the previous classification.
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