Vietnamese top tennis star finishes runner-up at hometown tournament

Sunday, 2018-11-04 14:56:34
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Ly Hoang Nam once again misses out winning the tennis tournament held in his hometown. (Photo: Vietnam Tennis Federation)
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NDO – Vietnam’s top tennis player Ly Hoang Nam once again lost to the world ranked 295th player Roman Safiullin of Russia 7-6(5) 6-4 in the men's singles final of the Vietnam F5 Futures - Hai Dang Cup 2018, held in Nam’s hometown in the southern province of Tay Ninh on November 4.

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The final day of the tournament saw the two players rematch again, as in the final of the Vietnam F4 Futures a week earlier, in which the Tay Ninh native lost to his Russian rival 7-6 6-4.

A day earlier, Nam paired up with Safiullin to finish second in the F5 Futures men’s doubles event after losing 5-7 6-4 10-7 to the No. 1 seed duo, Francis Casey Alcantara (the Philippines) and Markus Eriksson (Sweden).

In the reunion this morning, the two jointly created an entertaining first set as both made good use of their serves to send the first set into a tie-break, in which the No. 1 seed Safiullin won 7-5.

The second set was tied as the No. 3 seed Nam fought back, however, in the seventh game, the Russian player earned a 4-3 lead. Safiullin held on to win the second set 6-4, thereby becoming the men's singles champion of the Vietnam F5 Futures 2018.

The organisers present the awards for the men's singles champion and runner-up after the final match at the Vietnam F5 Futures tennis tournament in Tay Ninh on November 4, 2018. (Photo: Vietnam Tennis Federation)

The 1997 born Russian earned two men's singles titles in both the Vietnam F4 and F5 tournaments, worth a total of US$25,000 each. Meanwhile, Nam won one men's doubles champion title at the F4 Futures last week, coupled with three runners-up titles in both the F4 and F5 Futures tournaments.

With the men’s singles runner-up position at the F5 Futures, 21-year-old Nam will receive 15 bonus points, which will help him improve his current rankings of 476th in the new ATP rankings to be announced at the beginning of next week.