Top seed for the Mildura Grand International Tennis Tournament Marc Polmans ended the run of unseeded Queenslander Thomas Fancutt, who had defeated three other seeded players this week to make the final.
The strong serving Fancutt made a real game of it in the opening set with Polmans eventually getting on top 7-6, before winning the second set 6.3.
Polmans will now play on clay at Mornington next week in two tournaments before heading off to the USA for three challenge events in Florida.
“All my wins have been in Australia and for the next five months or so I will be hoping to get a win on the international circuit.” He said.
Fancutt said the courts at Mildura are the only grass courts he has played on and it is enjoyable here.
“I go to Mornington and after that its back home to Queensland.”
The women’s final resulted in an easy win for English player Gabriella Taylor who beat the number two seed Sherard Reix from France 6-0, 6-3.
“It’s been hot here last few days and I was getting tired in the second set,” Ms Taylor said.
The 20 year old grew up in Southhampton but is based in Barcelona, Spain, with her coaching team of David Sunyer, who travelled with her to Australia and ex-international player Xavier Budo.
Taylor has a current world ranking of 192 and will probably see that ranking improve to around 175 following the Mildura victory.
The Mildura futures win was her third in Australia this summer after success at Launceston and in Perth prior to her Sunraysia tournament.
“I may get a wildcard entry to Wimbledon but I would prefer to gain entry straight out and I can do that if I get my ranking down to below 100,” Ms Taylor said.
Reix paid tribute to the way Taylor played and said that she did not get a chance to play well.