02 Feb 2020
Rai can expect a
jump in world ranking for both singles and doubles when they are next updated,
after having 2 good weeks playing in ITF Futures in Cancun, Mexico.
weeks’ tournament, Rai
was given a wildcard entry into the main draw and in the first round defeated
the 7th seed and world number 508, 3-6 6-2 6-2 before succumbing in
the 2nd round to a Slovakian 6-4 6-4; whilst also going out in the 1st
round of the doubles (with partner Simon
Carr, IRL) in a
narrow loss via a match tiebreak.
forward a week and without the benefit of a wildcard entry into the main draw,
had to win three rounds of qualifying to make the main draw.
almost lost in the 1st round of qualifying but fortunately won the
match 6-2 3-6 10-5. Thereafter, he had two further qualifying wins, 6-2 6-2 &
main draw and Rai
had to play the same Slovakian player (No.8 seed) that had knocked him out of
both the singles and doubles last week.
showed great improvement, winning that match 6-4 6-0. The Slovakian has been as
high as 250 in the world. In the 2nd round match,
defeated Brandon Walkin
(Aus) 7-5 6-3, before losing in the quarterfinal to a USA player 6-4 7-5.
However, the big result came in doubles,
whereby unseeded Rai/Carr won the doubles title, dominating the no.1
seeds Gabriel Petit (Fra)/Brandon Walkin (Aus) and winning the
trophy 6-4 6-2.