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Rik de Voest will be hoping a solid off-season will see him in good stead his bid to qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open in Melbourne this week, writes Mark Etheridge.

De Voest came through the first round of qualifying, beating Belgum’s Maxime Authon in three sets and now takes on Uzbekistan’s Farrukh Dustov.

“I had a good off season, training and preparing with my coach in Austin, which helped make me feel ready to start the New Year,” De Voest told Road to London 2012 on Thursday.

“I played a couple of warm-up events to get some matches before the Aussie Open, and so far so good.

“My first round was a tough one against an opponent I did not know much about. The weather conditions were tough, with it being very cold and windy. It was not the prettiest of matches, but good to get the job done. I had a day off today and will play my second round qualifying tomorrow,” concluded De Voest.


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