It's been a good day for Kiwi tennis players in North America. After Marina Erakovic winning the doubles title at the Stanford WTA event in California, New Zealand Davis Cup player, Dan King-Turner has won his eighth career Futures title with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Australian third seed Matt Reid at the US$15,000 Saskatoon ITF event.
The win sets up King-Turner for the Challenger event in New York this week where he'll take on Mexico's top player Miguel Gallardo-Valles ranked 422 in the first round of the main draw of the US$50,000 Binghampton tournament in New York.
He will be joined by another Kiwi, Michael Venus who has won through qualifying. Venus beat Anthony Assal 6-0 6-0 in the first round of qualifying and then defeated another American, Patrick Daciek 6-3 6-2 to make the main draw where he faces former US Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri(United States).
In doubles Venus and the Philippines Ruben Gonzales take on the American wildcard pair of William Mendler and Alex Tsai in the first round of the main draw while King-Turner has teamed with Frenchman Gleb Sakharov. They play Brit Jamie Baker and American Christian Harrison in their first round match.
Notable players in the draw include former top 30 player Dudi Sela from Israel, Swiss Davis Cup player and three-time ATP doubles winner, Marco Chiudinelli as well as Frenchman Adrian Mannarino a recent top 50 player.
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