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Wayne out of Open

Our final representative at the Australian Open bowed out in Melbourne on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Playing in the juniors category Boland’s Wayne Montgomery went out in the second round of the year’s first grand slam tournament, losing to sixth seed Andrew Harris.

The local youngster beat Montgomery in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 in a match lasting 1hr 17min on show court three. Harris now goes on to play Mackenzie McDonald of the United States in the third round. Incidentally, Montgomery will team up with McDonald in the doubles competition of the tournament.

Montgomery held his own in most facets but could only convert two of nine break points that he was present with as Harris nailed down five of his 11 opportunities.

Meanwhile in the Heilbronn Open Challenger event in Germany, Izak van der Merwe lost his first round doubles match (playing with Michael Russell) but is still in the singles draw where he will play qualifier Mischa Averev of Germany.

Fellow South African Rik de Voest, who made the main draw for the Aussie Open but lost in the first round, is also playing at the 85,000 euro Heilbronn tournament and will play Daniel Munoz-De La Nava of Spain in the first round.

And across the Atlantic, Fritz Wolmarans is in action at the $50,000 Honolulu Challenger where he plays fifth seed Michael Yani in round one of the singles section.

He’s also in doubles action where he teams up with Germany’s Andre Begemann.