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Daniel Phillips back in the winner’s circle

Daniel Phillips with the prizes from his victories in singles and doubles at the J4 Boca Raton

Daniel Phillips captured his third title this year on the ITF Junior Tour when he beat second-seeded American Tygen Goldammer 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the J4 Boca Raton tournament on Saturday.

The fifth-seeded 17-year-old added the singles title to the doubles crown he had won 24 hours earlier with Juan David Velasquez, of Colombia.

In Goldammer, Phillips was running into an opponent who had yet to drop a set. But the Bermudian served well, returned well and sustained his dominant overall play from the quarter-finals onward to complete a third successive straight-sets win.

His first two ITF Junior Tour successes came in the spring at the J4 Guatemala in February in Guatemala City and the J4 Bayamón in March in Puerto Rico.

After a break for rest and recovery in the summer, he returned to action in the middle of last month, at the J4 Lexington in Kentucky, but went out in a surprise to 17-year-old American newcomer Cody Benton 7-5, 6-2 in the second round.

With the cobwebs of tournament inactivity blown away, Phillips rebounded well to sweep the board in Boca Raton, with the singles success sure to improve his world junior ranking from No 505 to something closer to the career-high of No 328, which was established after his fantastic spring.

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Published November 07, 2022 at 7:36 am (Updated November 07, 2022 at 7:36 am)

Daniel Phillips back in the winner’s circle

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