3 December 2012

Rwanda: Melzer Flourishes in ITF Men's Futures

Gerald Melzer lived up to his billing as the pre-tournament favourite after a straight set's victory over Egypt's Sherif Sabry in the singles' final at Cercle Sportif.

The Austrian, who also won last year's ITF Men's Futures -Kigali leg, secured a 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour and 56 minutes to justify his top seed status coming into the competition.

It was double joy for the Melzer as he teamed up with Lukas Jastraunis to edge Mark Vervoort and Jordi Munoz-Abreu 3-6, 6-3 (10-3) in the doubles.

There was nothing to write about Rwanda's flag bearers following their first round exits.

Rwanda's top seed Jean Claude Gasigwa lost to Maenner Oskar of Germany (3-6, 4-6), Mubarak Harelimana suffered a humiliating 0-6, 0-6 defeat against Russia's Alexander Igoshin while Dieudonne Habiyambere surrendered a one-set lead to eventually lose 6-2, 1-6, 2-6 against Uganda's David Oringa.

It was a similar story in the doubles as Gasigwa and Harelimana lost to Hicham Khaddari and Burundi's Hassan Ndayishimiye 0-6, 1-6.

Habiyambere and Olivier Nkunda also lost out to Oskar and Christian Magg 3-6, 1-6.

ITF Men's Circuit

Rwanda F2 Futures

Singles (Final)

Gerald Melzer bt. Sherif Sabry 6-4, 6-4

Doubles (Final)

G. Melzer & L. Jastraunis bt. J. Munoz-Abreu & M. Vervoort 3-6, 6-3 (10-3)

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