July ITF Futures Round-up

As we have now moved into August and it is officially the Dog Days of Summer, it is time to do a quick review of July’s Best and Worst performances on the ITF Futures Circuit. First we need to define July. I have defined July as being any tournament played in July, specifically the week of 29 June-05 July through last week, 27 July-02 August.

Now on to the Winners… Here’s a list of the multi-tournament winners for the month.

MULTI-TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS FOR JULY 2015

CAGNINA, Julien (BEL) 2
EVANS, Daniel (GBR) 2
GRIGELIS, Laurynas (LTU) 2
HORANSKY, Filip (SVK) 2
IGNATIK, Uladzimir (BLR) 2
LI, Zhe (CHN) 2
METREVELI, Aleksandre (GEO) 2
ROCA BATALLA, Oriol (ESP) 2
STRUVAY, Eduardo (COL) 2
VIVERO GONZALEZ, Pablo (ESP) 2

Congratulations.

Of course winning titles in nice, but the key is to get points and move up the rankings. Here’s a list of the top-50 point earners for the month.

MOST POINTS EARNED IN JULY

Name QW QL MW ML PTS Ttitles
EVANS, Daniel (GBR) 0 0 13 1 62 2
LI, Zhe (CHN) 0 0 13 0 54 2
STRUVAY, Eduardo (COL) 0 0 10 0 54 2
GRIGELIS, Laurynas (LTU) 0 0 15 2 53 2
CAGNINA, Julien (BEL) 0 0 14 1 51 2
HORANSKY, Filip (SVK) 0 0 15 3 47 2
IGNATIK, Uladzimir (BLR) 0 0 10 0 45 2
ROCA BATALLA, Oriol (ESP) 0 0 10 0 45 2
KING, Evan (USA) 0 0 12 2 45 1
CHAZAL, Maxime (FRA) 0 0 14 3 44 1
REID, Matt (AUS) 0 0 10 2 43 1
SMETHURST, Daniel (GBR) 0 0 9 1 42 1
NEUCHRIST, Maximilian (AUT) 0 0 12 2 39 1
JANVIER, Maxime (FRA) 0 0 14 3 38 1
METREVELI, Aleksandre (GEO) 0 0 10 0 36 2
VIVERO GONZALEZ, Pablo (ESP) 0 0 10 0 36 2
MICHALICKA, Marek (CZE) 0 0 8 1 35 1
EYSSERIC, Jonathan (FRA) 0 0 8 1 35 1
KOCEVAR-DESMAN, Tom (SLO) 0 0 12 2 34 1
MARTI, Yann (SUI) 0 0 10 3 33 0
BONADIO, Riccardo (ITA) 0 0 12 3 32 1
MENA, Facundo (ARG) 0 0 8 2 31 1
DOME, Andre (USA) 0 0 7 2 30 1
TABATRUONG, Maxime (FRA) 0 0 10 3 29 1
WARD, Alexander (GBR) 0 0 12 3 29 1
GUEZ, David (FRA) 0 0 6 2 28 1
SAKHAROV, Gleb (FRA) 0 0 6 1 28 1
MERTENS, Yannick (BEL) 0 0 6 1 28 1
GRANOLLERS-PUJOL, Gerard (ESP) 0 0 11 3 28 1
JASIKA, Omar (AUS) 0 0 5 0 27 1
RAZBORSEK, Nik (SLO) 3 0 5 0 27 1
HUTA GALUNG, Jesse (NED) 0 0 5 0 27 1
FORTUNA, Claudio (ITA) 0 0 11 3 27 1
SINGH, Sanam (IND) 0 0 5 0 27 1
SAMPER-MONTANA, Jordi (ESP) 0 0 5 0 27 1
GIANNESSI, Alessandro (ITA) 0 0 5 0 27 1
COLLARINI, Andrea (ARG) 0 0 5 0 27 1
VLIEGEN, Joran (BEL) 2 1 5 1 27 1
MMOH, Michael (USA) 0 0 5 0 27 1
GIUSTINO, Lorenzo (ITA) 0 0 5 0 27 1
LAURENT, Yanais (FRA) 0 0 11 4 27 0
RUMENOV PAYAKOV, Georgi (ESP) 0 0 10 2 26 1
SETKIC, Aldin (BIH) 0 0 10 2 26 1
THOMPSON, Clay (USA) 0 0 9 3 26 0
BEGA, Alessandro (ITA) 0 0 11 3 24 1
PAZ, Juan Pablo (ARG) 0 0 8 3 24 1
GOMEZ, Alejandro (COL) 0 0 8 3 24 0
BANES, Maverick (AUS) 0 0 9 4 24 0
TEIXEIRA, Maxime (FRA) 0 0 7 3 23 0
HILTZIK, Jared (USA) 0 0 7 3 23 0

A quick explanation on the table: QW=qualifying wins, QL=qualifying losses, MW=main draw wins, ML=main draw losses, PTS=points earned, Titles= titles won

Several things stick out here.

At the top, Zhe Li, who went 13-0 for the month, but only won two tournaments. So how did he go 13-0? He was playing in the semifinals of China F9 when the tournament was abandon due to rain in Jinhua.

LI, Columbian Eduardo Struvay, Belarussian Uladzimir Ignatik, Spain’s Oriol Roco Batalla, Georgian Aleksandre Metreveli, and Spain’s Pablo Vivero Gonzalez all went undefeated for the month, winning two tournaments. Slovakian Nik Razborsek, pulled off an undefeated month as well winning Italy F16, but he had to go 3-0 in qualifying to do it.

Lots of current and former US College players in there. I don’t plan on listed them all, but awesome work, fellas.

Looking at the top-50 point-getters, you realize that what Razborsek did was rare. Out of the top-50 only two had to win any qualifying matches. This harkens back to my mention last week about the differences in grabbing points and development. I am planning a discussion on this in the next two weeks to dive into this deeper. It actually ties a little bit into another project I hope to post to the site here this week.

Name QW QL MW ML PTS
LAKAT, Florian (FRA) 12 0 5 5 5
LIZEN, Aswin (GBR) 10 0 2 5 2
ADDISON, Aaron (AUS) 10 1 2 3 2
MEYER, Jan (GER) 10 2 1 3 1
PUTTERGILL, Calum (AUS) 10 2 0 2 0
VON MASSOW, George (GER) 9 0 5 3 8
CAILLEAU, Jolan (BEL) 9 0 3 3 6
VIVES, Jordi (ESP) 9 0 3 3 3
BRAUN, Niclas (GER) 9 2 3 2 3
HUA, Runhao (CHN) 9 0 2 3 2
CANT, Louis (BEL) 9 0 2 4 2
BUTLER, Samm (GBR) 9 0 1 3 1
CHADAJ, Adam (POL) 9 0 1 3 1
DERKAS, Zdenek (CZE) 9 2 0 2 0
GOLUZA, Ivan (AUS) 9 1 0 3 0
PETERS, Flemming (GER) 9 3 0 2 0

Mississippi State’s Florian Lakat of France won the most qualifying matches on the Futures tour in July (one caveat, byes are counted as wins). He won a total of 17 matches last month, which would normally earn him the Grinder of the Month. He did earn five points though.

For the honor of Grinder of the Month, I go with Australian Calum Puttergill. He should win the honor based on name alone, but the fact that poor Calum scraped it out this month, winning 10 matches (ok, one was a bye) and didn’t earn a single point, clinched it.

Calum spent the month in Serbia and Slovakia toiling away. He probably didn’t even get to sight-see. I know nothing of Piestany, Slovakia, but when you Google it, you see nothing but nice photos of the town and people getting massages.

YOU GET NOTHING

POTEMKIN, Grigory (RUS)
FUENZALIDA, Benjamin (CHI)
DAIFALLAH, Taher (AUT)
IVANOV, Klim (KAZ)

These four poor souls went 0-4 this month in the qualies. Better luck next month, guys.

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