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Life Time Atlanta Open 2016







Life Time Atlanta Open 2016
01-06 Mar
Atlanta, USA, $10k
Round One
03 Mar
04 Mar
05 Mar
06 Mar
[1] Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT)
11-7, 11-7, 11-5
[Q] Babatunde Ajagbe (NOR)
Abdulla Al Tamimi
11/6, 11/7, 11/9
Vivian Rhamanan
Abdulla Al Tamimi
12/10, 6/11, 12/10, 11/6
Clinton Leeuw
Abdulla Al Tamimi
11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5
Chris Hanson
[7] Cameron Stafford (CAY)
2-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-4
[wc] Vivian Rhamanan (SIN)
[8] Clinton Leeuw (RSA)
11-9, 11-9, 11-7
Hugo Varela (ESP)
Clinton Leeuw
9/11, 11/2, 11/4, 11/7
Kush Kumar
[4] Kush Kumar (IND)
11-9, 13-11, 11-7
[Q] Albert Shoihet (CAN)
[LL] Jon Geekie (SCO)
11-2, 11-2, 11-7
[3] Eric Galvez (MEX)
Eric Galvez
11/8, 11/2, 11/9
Reuben Phillips
Eric Galvez
11/4, 11/6, 11/6
Chris Hanson
[Q] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA)
11-8, 11-9, 11-8
[7] Reuben Phillips (ENG)
[LL] Ismael Hafiz (EGY)
11-0, 11-6 ret.
[5] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
Daniel Poleshchuk
11/7, 11/8, 2/0 rtd
Chris Hanson
[Q] Diego Gobbi (BRA)
11-8, 11-6, 11-3
[2] Chris Hanson (USA)


Final Qualifying Round
Albert Shoihet (CAN) bt [4] Jon Geekie (SCO)
11/8, 11/8, 11/4
[1] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) bt [6] Ismail Hafez (EGY) 11/8, 14/16, 11/5, 10/12, 11/5
[2] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) bt [L] Ahmed Hamza (EGY)
11/13, 11/5, 11/5, 10/12, 11/5
Diego Gobbi (BRA) bt [3] Alex Noakes (ENG) 9/11, 11/7, 11/2, 11/3

Results – First Qualifying Round:
Albert Shoihet (CAN) (bye)
[4] Jon Geekie (SCO) bt [7] Le Roy Leong (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
[6] Ismail Hafez (EGY) bt [L] Rob Wilkins (WAL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-3
[1] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) (bye)
[2] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) (bye)
[L] Ahmed Hamza (EGY) bt [5] Adnan Gul (PAK) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-0, 11-7
[3] Alex Noakes (ENG) bt [L] Richard Raptapolous (USA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-2
Diego Gobbi (BRA) (bye)



Al Tamimi Claims Maiden Title in Atlanta

World No.61 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi lifted his first ever PSA World Tour title after a gargantuan five-game battle with second seed Chris Hanson in the final of the Life Time Atlanta Open, PSA M10 tournament.

Top seed Al Tamimi scythed through the field in the opening stages of the event and only dropped one game, against semi-final opponent Clinton Leeuw, en-route to the final. Hanson, meanwhile, eased by Diego Gobbi, Daniel Poleshchuk and Eric Galvez to set up a mouth-watering final encounter with Al Tamimi.

Both players engaged in some exciting, long-winded rallies from the outset as they each looked to move their opponent off the ’T’ and take advantage of the space at the front of the court. Al Tamimi made the breakthrough in the opening game before a resilient Hanson powered to victory in the second game.

Hanson then went ahead in the third by the narrowest of margins but the encounter was to have another massive momentum swing when Al Tamimi levelled things up with an 11-9 triumph in game four.

With the match heading into the latter exchanges, both players traded a number of high-octane points as the title hung in the balance. It was Al Tamimi, the Qatari No.1, who managed to up rise above Hanson to claim the victory courtesy of an 11-9, 4-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 victory and break his PSA World Tour title duck.
Rhamanan Shocks Stafford In Atlanta Open


Singaporean wildcard Vivian Rhamanan marked his first PSA World Tour appearance of the year in style with a stunning come-from-behind victory over number six seed Cameron Stafford in the opening round of the Life Time Atlanta Open, PSA M10 tournament.

Playing in just his third PSA World Tour event since 2004, Rhamanan’s tournament looked to be coming to an abrupt end after a fast start from Stafford saw the man from the Cayman Islands storm into a two-game lead. However, a tense third game went in Rhamanan’s favour and from there, the World No.344 rallied to take a further two games without reply, closing out the victory with a 2-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 scoreline.

His reward is a meeting with top seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the quarter-final after the 21-year-old from Qatar comfortably dispatched Babatunde Ajagbe in straight games.

Number two seed Chris Hanson triumphed on home soil with a strong display against Brazil’s Diego Gobbi. The World No.73, who has a solitary PSA World Tour title to his name, edged the opener but surged ahead from that point onwards to wrap up the win in three. Israel’s Daniel Poleshchuk lies in wait for Hanson after the 20-year-old progressed due to an injury to his opponent, Ismail Hafez.

Elsewhere, Mexico’s Eric Galvez eased past Jon Geekie to set up a quarter-final clash with Reuben Phillips who made short work of South Africa’s Jean-Pierre Brits.

Fourth seed Kush Kumar and World No.128 Clinton Leeuw will contest the other quarter-final fixture after they managed respective triumphs over Albert Shoihet and Hugo Varela.
Brits Battles Past Hamza To Reach Main Draw


Top qualifying seed Jean-Pierre Brits moved through to the main draw of the Life Time Atlanta Open, PSA M10 tournament after downing Egypt’s Ismail Hafez in an intense five-game encounter as qualifying drew to a close.

The lead changed hands multiple times throughout the match with Brits’s early lead being cancelled out by Hafez who took the second game courtesy of an incredible 16-14 tie-break. Both players went on to take another game apiece before an impressive show of force from Brits in the latter stages allowed the World No.190 to complete an 11-8, 14-16, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6 triumph.

England’s Reuben Phillips lies in wait for Brits in the opening round with Phillips set to make his first main draw appearance at the Atlanta Open since 2013 having bowed out in the qualifying stages in both of the last two years. Hafez, meanwhile, benefits from lucky loser status as a result of some main draw withdrawals and will play talented Israeli Daniel Poleshchuk.

Nigeria’s Babatunde Ajagbe is also through to the main draw after he too came through a gruelling five-game match against local player Ahmed Hamza. Hamza took the opener after both players traded a plethora of electrifying points but Ajagbe recovered to close out the win and set up an exceedingly difficult encounter with the main draw’s top seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.

Diego Gobbi, the 20-year-old from Brazil, dispatched Alex Noakes 3-1 in his final qualifying round clash to set up a tough fixture with Chris Hanson while Albert Shoihet saw off Jon Geekie in straight games to qualify for the main draw where he will face Indian teenager Kush Kumar.

Like Hafez, Geekie also received lucky loser status and will line up against Mexico’s Eric Galvez.

Qualifying Begins In Atlanta


The opening qualifying round of the Life Time Atlanta Open, PSA M10 tournament saw local player Ahmed Hanza move through to within one win of a main draw berth after defeating fifth qualifying seed Adnan Gul 3-1.

Hamza was in fine fettle throughout the four-game encounter but, after going a game ahead, found himself pegged back by his opponent. A virtuoso display in game three saw Hamza win it without dropping a single point though and he used that momentum as a springboard to wrap up the triumph courtesy of an 11-9, 9-11, 11-0, 11-7 scoreline.

He will go up against number two seed Babatunde Ajagbe for a place in the main draw with Ajagbe likely to be well rested after he received a bye in the opening round of qualifying.

Egypt’s Ismail Hafez is also through to the next round after a dominant display against Rob Wilkins allowed the 31-year-old to complete the victory in straight games. His reward is a clash with top qualifying seed Jean-Pierre Brits who was also the recipient of a bye in round one.

Elsewhere, Jon Geekie progressed in three thanks to victory over Malaysia’s Le Roy Leong and he will face Albert Shoihet who has been without a defeat in qualifying since September.

The other final qualifying round fixture will see England’s Alex Noakes and Diego Gobbi line up against each other after the former defeated Richard Raptapolous and Gobbi was given a bye.