Polmans stays perfect on Canberra clay after claiming third title

Marc Polmans has added a third title won on the Canberra clay.

Marc Polmans hits a short forehand during the men’s final in Canberra. (Photo by Rob Keating)

In 2017 the world no. 270 won back-to-back clay court titles defeating Blake Mott in week one and then Maverick Banes the following week.

After winning the ACT Claycourt International #1 in Canberra Polmans is now 15-0 on the Canberra Tennis Centre clay.

Polmans has also gone close to winning a hard court title in Canberra when he lost the 2016 ATP Challenger tournament final against James Duckworth.

On this occasion the final was played in extreme heat as the temperature sat around 36C during the match.

Polmans blitzed his Japanese opponent in the first set winning 6-0.

The former world no. 60 used to experience to recover and win the second set 6-4.

After a 10 minute break due to the extreme heat the players then battled it out for the title in a deciding set.

Polmans would get the one break of the set to take the match 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 14 minutes under the hot Canberra sun which is unusual for this time of year.

Marc Polmans and Tatsuma Ito after the men’s ACT Claycourt International final with their trophies. (photo by Rob Keating)

The players will go around again on the Canberra clay in the ACT Claycourt International #2.

Polmans is looking to match his efforts from 2017 and also to match Jason Kubler who won the clay double in 2022 before going overseas to have a great season which included going through qualifying at the French Open before falling in the second round and also going through qualifying at Wimbledon where he lost in the fourth round.

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