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28 April - 6 May 2018

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Glasgow Trophy: Clayton and O'Mara secure semi-final spot

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  • 03/05/2018

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Doubles top seeds Jonny O’Mara and Scott Clayton ensured the home crowd had plenty to cheer for going into the final stages of the tournament. The British duo defeated John Paul Fruttero and Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-2 to secure a semi-final spot.

O’Mara, who is from Scotland's Arbroath, was pleased with the pair’s performance and happy to entertain the evening crowd at Scotstoun Leisure Centre:

“A great win today - we were not far off our best which is good for the rest of the tournament.  The home crowd definitely helps - I’m a little bit of a showman, I play tennis to entertain people, I want to play in front of people so especially when you’ve got people who want you to hit good shots, they want you to win it gives you that extra motivation.”

Earlier that day, James Ward's Glasgow Trophy run came to an end after he fell 7-5, 6-4 to Finland's Harri Heliovaara. Despite the loss, Ward remained positive about his return following knee surgery. 

“I thought it was a good level, but just came down to a couple of points.  A couple of errors, maybe a bit of decision making, but overall another positive performance on court and again without any problem in my knee which is the main thing.”

The Londoner is slowly making his way up the rankings, returning to court in February and the Glasgow Trophy is only his third event back at ATP Challenger level but progress is heading in the right direction:

In the longest match of the day Italian Luca Vanni knocked out second seed Nikola Milojevic 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(4) in a match which lasted 2 hours 34 minutes. 

The Italian faces Spain’s Roberto Ortega-Olmedo in the quarter-final after the Spaniard also came through a lengthy match to take out Igor Sijsling 1-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(4) in 2 hours 7 minutes.  France’s David Guez also claimed a quarter-final spot coming back from a set down to defeat qualifier Robert Kern from Germany 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.

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