MALISSE STRANDED IN DOUBLES SEMI-FINAL

23rd October 2021

MALISSE STRANDED IN DOUBLES SEMI-FINAL

Antwerp, October 23, 2021 – Xavier Malisse, at the side of his pupil Lloyd Harris, did not qualify for the doubles final after a very strong tournament week.

The second semifinal of the doubles was also on the program. Earlier, Mahut and Martin had already qualified. Saturday evening the Dutchmen Koolhof and Rojer also qualified for that final. Xavier Malisse, with Lloyd Harris at his side, did not manage to stunt again. The Belgian can however leave the tournament with his head held high after some impressive points in the past week. Against the Dutch duo, it was 4/6 in a balanced first set. Also the second set remained balanced, but it was the Dutch duo who decided the match in their favor with 2/6.

Earlier in the day, there was also a wheelchair tennis match between Jef Vandorpe/Ruben Spaargaren and Tom Egberink/Maikel Scheffers. The latter duo seemed to be on their way to victory for a long time, but Vandorpe and Spaargaren came back and made it 6/6 after all. In contrast to the beginning of the set, the tiebreak for Vandorpe and Spaargaren started off excellently. The duo quickly built a lead. Vandorpe and Spaargaren won the match. The Belgian world top Joachim Gérard could unfortunately not be there, but earlier this week tournament director Dick Norman handed him a trophy.

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