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McCabe scores major milestone to qualify at ATP event in Eastbourne | 24 June, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

McCabe scores major milestone to qualify at ATP event in Eastbourne | 24 June, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

James McCabe has notched several impressive career-firsts during a successful qualifying campaign at an ATP 250 tournament in Great Britain.

Eastbourne, Great Britain, 24 June 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Eastbourne, Great Britain

James McCabe has achieved an impressive career first, qualifying at an ATP tournament for the first time in Eastbourne.

The 20-year-old from Sydney made the most of an alternate spot in the qualifying competition, notching a milestone first top-100 win to upset world No.76 Mackenzie McDonald in the opening round.

World No.346 McCabe then continued his winning run in the final qualifying round, edging out a hard-fought 6-7(1) 7-6(4) 7-5 victory against British hope Charles Broom.

This propels McCabe into his third tour-level main draw, having competed at Adelaide as a lucky loser and the Australian Open as a wildcard earlier this year.

Max Purcell has also qualified at the ATP 250 grass-court tournament, securing a main-draw berth with a 7-6(6) 6-4 victory against British wildcard Henry Searle.

The 18-year-old Searle won the Wimbledon boys’ singles title last year and peaked at world No.3 in the ITF world junior rankings earlier this season.

Purcell is competing in Eastbourne for the first time since making his singles breakthrough at the tournament in 2021, when he progressed to his first ATP semifinal.

Aussies in action – Eastbourne

Men’s qualifying singles, final round
[6] Max Purcell (AUS) d [WC] Henry Searle (GBR) 7-6(6) 6-4
[Alt] James McCabe (AUS)
 d Charles Broom (GBR) 6-7(1) 7-6(4) 7-5
[7] Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) d [2] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) 7-6(3) 6-4

Men’s singles, first round
[Q] James McCabe (AUS) v Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA)
[Q] Max Purcell (AUS) v Laslo Djere (SRB)

Men’s doubles, first round
[3] Matt Ebden (AUS)/John Peers (AUS) v Nicolas Mahut (FRA)/Skander Mansouri (TUN)
Max Purcell (AUS)/Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN) v [1] Rajeev Ram (USA)/Joe Salisbury (GBR)

Mallorca, Spain

An impressive season of firsts continues for Adam Walton, who has qualified at an ATP 250 grass-court tournament in Mallorca.

The 25-year-old from Queensland clinched his place in the main draw with a 6-2 7-6(4) victory against German Daniel Masur.

World No.107 Walton had never competed at a professional grass-court event before this month and had not recorded a grass-court win before this tournament.

After scoring back-to-back wins to qualify at a grass-court event for the first time, Walton’s…

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