Nam joins new partner for first win at Vietnam F5 Futures men’s doubles

Wednesday, 2018-10-31 18:05:04
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Ly Hoang Nam (L) and Roman Safiullin earned their first win in their opening match at the on-going Vietnam F5 Futures men’s doubles on October 31. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam Tennis Federation)
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NDO – The fifth competition day at the on-going Vietnam F5 Futures tennis tournament on October 31 witnessed Vietnam’s No. 1 tennis star Ly Hoang Nam couple with his new partner, Roman Safiullin of Russia, to earn their first win in the men’s doubles first round.

* Tennis: Nam earns promising start at Vietnam F5 Futures

In their opening match in the men’s doubles event, Nam and the newly-crowned champion at Vietnam F4 Futures, Safiullin, competed against Friberg (Sweden) and Lukas Ollert (Germany).

The former couple showed off their skills and good cooperation to win the first set 6-2. Set 2 was more balanced, as both sides made good use of their serves to draw 3-3. In the eighth game, Nam and Safiullin won a break point and wrapped up the set in 6-4.

The same day, Vietnamese Bui Tri Nguyen and Timothy Toan Phung (the US) lost to Kunal Anand (India) and Markovic (Serbia). After losing the first set 1-6, Tri Nguyen - Timothy tried to win set 2 at 6-4. However, in the super tie-break, the couple lost their 7-3 lead due to a lack of accuracy in several decisive situations, thus conceding a 9-11 loss.

The Vietnam F5 Futures tennis tournament features a special player, Alex Hunt of New Zealand, who plays with only his right hand. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam Tennis Federation)

The highlight of the day was the men’s single match between special handicapped player Alex Hunt of New Zealand, who plays with only his right hand, against Alex Sullivan of India. However, despite his efforts, Hunt could not cause a surprise against the No. 5 seed and suffered a 2-6 2-6 loss after two sets.

Tomorrow morning, Ly Hoang Nam will play Kunal Anand of India in the next round of the men’s singles. In the afternoon, Nam will also have another doubles match against Oosterbaan and Shropshire from the US.

TRUNG HUNG