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Aussie weekly wrap: Rising Australians soar to new heights | 25 March, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Aussie weekly wrap: Rising Australians soar to new heights | 25 March, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Hayden Jones, Gabriella Da Silva Fick, Talia Gibson and Adam Walton all recorded career-best results this week.

Australia, 25 March 2024 | Leigh Rogers

From career-first titles to career-best results, many Australians soared to extraordinary new heights on the world stage this week.

Chris O’Connell and Adam Walton recorded their career-best results at ATP Masters 1000 level in America, while 19-year-old Talia Gibson progressed to the biggest singles final of her career at an ITF 75 tournament in Slovenia.

Hayden Jones, a 17-year-old from the Gold Coast, and Gabriella Da Silva Fick, a 23-year-old from Melbourne, collected maiden professional titles as the Australian Pro Tour stopped in regional Victoria.

Australian players also performed strongly at ITF junior and wheelchair tennis events across the Asia-Pacific region, while seven players won medals this week at the ITF Masters World Individual Championships in Turkey. This included the inspiring 100-year-old Henry Young.

> READ MORE: Australians win eight medals at the ITF Masters World Individual Championships

This week’s most outstanding performers include:

Chris O’Connell: The 29-year-old eliminated world No.22 Frances Tiafoe to advance to the third round in Miami. This is the first time that O’Connell has scored consecutive main-draw wins at ATP Masters 1000 level.

Adam Walton: The 24-year-old qualified at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time, beating two higher-ranked opponents to earn a main-draw spot in Miami.

> READ: Adam Walton – A rising star of Australian tennis

Storm Hunter: The 29-year-old scored two top-100 wins to reach the second round at the WTA 1000 tournament in Miami as a qualifier. This improves Hunter’s singles record this season to 14 wins from her 19 matches.

Thomas Fancutt: The 29-year-old won the doubles title at an ATP Challenger tournament in Merida (Mexico) alongside American Hunter Reese. This is Fancutt’s second consecutive ATP Challenger doubles title and improves his season record to 20 wins from 27 matches.

Talia Gibson: The 19-year-old defeated three seeded opponents to reach the singles final at an ITF 75 tournament in Maribor (Slovenia). This was the 11th and biggest pro singles final of Gibson’s career.

Gabriella Da Silva Fick: The 23-year-old was crowned the women’s singles champion at an ITF 35 tournament in Swan Hill (Australia). This is the first professional singles title for the in-form Da…

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