Despite his defeat in the final round of qualifying at Winston-Salem, Greece’s Talon Racecourse was still allowed to participate in the main tournament. The Dutch tennis player was known as Bad luck Allowed, as a substitute for a dropped participant.
He will take on Greek-Australian track Alexei Popyrin in the first round tonight and meet fellow countryman Botique van de Zandschulp in the second round with a win. Second seed Van de Zandschulp received a goodbye in the first round.
The Greek track was the first in the U.S. Hard Court Championship playoffs. 26-year-old Harlemer defeated Greek Mikhail Pervolarakis (3-6, 6-4, 6-3), but lost in the decider to Christopher O’Connell of Australia: 6-7 (4) 6-7 (4). Later in the day, good news followed for the Dutchman, who is returning to Winston Salem after contracting coronavirus.
The Greek track last got into action in Hamburg in mid-June, after which it withdrew ill in Kitzbühel. The current world number 46 had to miss the Masters tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati.
The Greek track is hoping to get some rhythm in Winston Salem (North Carolina) for the US Open, which begins next week. Last year, the Greek track reached the second round in New York. Then he lost to Serbian Novak Djokovic.
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