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De Voest downed

Just four first round singles matches were completed on the opening day of the South African Open tennis tournament on Monday and local player Rik de Voest was one of the local casualties.

Rain played havoc with the scheduling of the R3.75 million Montecasino tournament and when De Voest finally fell to fifth-seeded Rajeev Ram of the United States 6-7 (3) 6-3 6-3 it was almost midnight.

Earlier Fritz Wolmarans earned himself a minimum R18,000 for securing a place in the main draw.

The 23-year-old did so by beating Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6 6-2 6-2 in a qualifying game.

Wolmarans, who swopped the SA Closed Championships to rather get in an extra week’s training with coach Pietie Norval, had a long day as his match started at 10am and due to the inclement weather, only finished in the early evening.

Roger-Vasselin was the top seed in the qualifying section of the tournament and beating him will give 409th ranked Wolmarans hope for the rest of the tournament.


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