The Belgian juniors have the first round of the Australian Open did not survive. Gauthier Onclin (ITF 15), and Louis Herman (ITF 49) lost Sunday, both in Melbourne. The 17-year-old Onclin was against the Brit Harry Wendelken (ITF 36) to be close to the victory. Only after 2.5 hours of tennis, he had to bend with a 7-5, 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (11/9).
The talent from Verviers let three match points go unused. “I find that I don’t get rewarded am,” he responded. “I made the game but at the decisive moment left my forehand me in the lurch. I made one or two minor flaws in the supertiebreak, and I paid a high price. It was my first time on the main table of a grand slam. Last year I played qualifications in Wimbledon but I had to cancel for the second round. It is a pity.”
Despite the quick exit looks Onclin back on his years of experience ‘down under’. “It was great to be here in Australia and so close to the great players. I lived the match of Goffin against Copil and Medvedev. I was even a ball with him save. For a 17-year-old is fantastic.”
Louis Herman was Sunday a size too small for the Spaniard Nicolas Alvarez Varona (ITF 10). Who won in one hour with 6-4 and 6-2.