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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Stanford's Fery Wins Again; Borges Earns Portugal's National Championship; More Notable Exhibition Results

Keeping track of all the exhibitions going on around the world now hasn't been easy, but I have tracked several notable results from this weekend.

Arthur Fery of Great Britain, who is set to begin his college career at Stanford this fall, won his second straight British Tour title today, beating Jonathan Gray 6-2, 2-6, 10-6 in the final. Fery, who has yet to drop a match in this particular competition, defeated top seed Jack Draper, ATP No. 288, in the first round, and Baylor rising junior Finn Bass in the semifinals. For more on Fery's win, see this LTA article.

In a UK Pro Series event, TCU senior Alastair Gray won the title, beating Billy Harris 6-2, 6-3 in the final. Gray had beaten ATP No. 211 Liam Broady 7-5, 6-4 earlier in the tournament.

In Australia, former University of Illinois star Aleks Vukic won this week's UTR Pro Series event in Sydney, defeating Max Purcell 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Vukic, who graduated from Illinois in 2018, had lost to Purcell in the first event in Sydney at the end of last month.

Ellen Perez, the former University of Georgia star, had her winning streak stopped in the final, falling to Destanee Aiava 7-5, 0-6, 15-13. Perez had won the previous two UTR Pro Series events in Sydney, while Aiava won the UTR Pro Series tournament in Melbourne in her last outing.

For more on both finals, see this article from Tennis Australia.

Nuno Borges, the former Mississippi State All-American, won his third tournament in the Portugal National men's competition, defeating Tiago Cacao 6-2, 6-3 in today's final. Borges, who reached the NCAA singles final last May, won the Week 1, Week 3 and Week 4 tournaments that made up the competition, and is now officially Portugal's National champion.

2019 US Open boys champion Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic has now won two exhibition tournaments in his home country in the past month. The 19-year-old collected the second today by defeating 18-year-old Jiri Lehecka 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the final. Forejtek and Lehecka won the boys Wimbledon doubles title last year.

At the Cracked Racquets money tournament in Cincinnati, Northwestern rising junior and top seed Steve Forman captured the men's open title, defeating 2019 Junior Orange Bowl 14s champion Nishesh Basavareddy, the No. 5 seed, 6-4, 7-5 in Sunday's final. Forman earned $700, while Basavareddy took home $300.  Top seed Abby Nugent won the women's open title, beating No. 2 seed Lily McCloskey 6-3, 7-6 in the final.

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