With the first day of competition completed at the Perry NZ Wheelchair Tennis Open in Auckland’s suburbs, the top four men’s seeds all won their first round matches to qualify through to the quarterfinals.
Top seeded Brazilian Daniel Rodrigues plays New Zealand local Curtis Smith after defeating James Mcleod 6 – 0 and 6 – 0 in the first round. Second seeded Australian Ben Weekes defeated New Zealander Robert Courtney 6 – 0 and 6 – 0 to set up a quarterfinal match against fellow Australian Jerry Markoja. Third seeded Australian Keegan Oh-Chee defeated Germany’s Pedro Kruemmel 6 – 0 and 6 – 2 to set up a match against China’s Dong Shunjiang. Fourth seeded Australian Henry De Cure is scheduled to play fellow Australian Anderson Parker in the quarterfinals after defeating New Zealand’s Tyler Belcher 6 – 1 and 6 – 2.
Rodrigues is a 2012 Summer Paralympian who is currently ranked nineteenth in the world, his best ever world ranking. Australian Weekes is three time Summer Paralympian, who is currently ranked 22nd in the world and 18th in men’s doubles. Oh-Chee is currently ranked 35th in the world, with a lifetime best singles ranking of 27th in June of last year. The 21 year old took up the sport when he was 15. Right-handed De Cure is currently ranked 84th in the world, with a career best ranking of 55 in January of last year. He celebrates his birthday on the last day of the competition.