SA’s Lloyd in Aussie open


South Africa’s Lloyd Harris advanced to the Australian Open after winning his qualifying matches.

The 26-year-old player finished with Daniel Rincon (6-2 and 6-2), Kyrian Jacquet (7-5 ​​and 6-4) and Hugo Gaston (6-0 and 6-2) to reach the first Grand Slam tournament of the new year.

Harris has impressed his senior with his hitting and he has sent down 28 chest shots in the three contests.

He will now face France’s Quentin Halys in the first round of the Aussie Open on Sunday.

The Cape Town native was at one stage 31st in the ATP rankings, but injuries had a definite impact on his career.

His best performance on the international stage was definitely in 2021 when he was at the top of the tennis wave.

He came up with some brilliant performances against players such as Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov.

Even Nadal was impressed with his serves after the two met in the Citi Open; a match which Harris won 6-4, 1-6 and 6-4.

“I competed against someone who played very good tennis; his knockdowns were so good,” the Spanish matador said at the time.

Oh yes, because Harris is playing in the opening round of the Australian Open, he will pocket R1.5 million. He is currently 149th in the ATP rankings.