Peliwo falls to the tournament’s second seed
Three Canadians played their opening round matches on Tuesday at the Drummondville National Bank Challenger . Sancitoned by the ATP, the tournament offers $50,000 in prize money and will be played from March 14-22, 2015 at Tennis intérieur René-Verrier in Drummondville.
Veteran Frank Dancevic was the only Canadian to advance after defeating American Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour. The 30-year-old hit six aces in the match and lost his serve only once. Sandgren has enjoyed considerable success in Quebec over the last two weeks, winning the Gatineau Futures and reaching the final in Sherbrooke. Ranked no. 166 in the world, Dancevic is the tournament’s seventh seed. He will next face Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa who got into the draw as a lucky loser following the withdrawal of Canadian upstart Félix Auger-Aliassime because of an abdominal strain.
For his part, Filip Peliwo played Tuesday’s evening session match against second-seeded German Andreas Beck, ranked no. 113 in the world. Beck was an easy 6-2, 6-1 winner. Ranked no. 33 in the world in 2009, Beck will now go up against American Alex Kuznetsov who went the distance against Canadian wildcard David Volfson before prevailing 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
Dancevic, the lone Canadian remaining in title contention, will play his second round match on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Centre Court.