Oklahoma freshman from Australia wins Futures of Mansfield title

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It was a good day for both Sooners and Longhorns on Sunday at the Futures of Mansfield at Walnut Creek Country Club.

Oklahoma freshman Andrew Harris overcame a slow start to win the singles championship of the USTA Pro Circuit event, and former Texas standout Edward Corrie of Great Britain teamed with fellow countryman Daniel Smethurst to claim the doubles crown.

Harris, a 19-year-old from Australia who was ranked No. 6 in the world in juniors last year, lost the first three games of his match against Illinois product Dennis Nevolo, but Harris found his range with his strong one-handed backhand and rallied to pick up a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory.

“I did get off to a slow start,” Harris said. “I was a bit nervous. It was a pretty big occasion. I’m not real experienced playing in finals, so I was pretty nervous. But once I loosened up and relaxed, I started playing pretty well.”

Harris was able to break Nevolo in the seventh game and again in the ninth game to go up 5-4 before serving out the set.

Harris built a 3-1 lead in the second set, but Nevolo didn’t go away. He broke Harris to even the match at 4-4 and had break chances in two more Harris service games down the stretch, but he couldn’t convert. In the tiebreaker, Nevolo never trailed by more than two points and rallied to tie at 5-5, but Harris held his serve for a 6-5 lead, then won on his first match point on Nevolo’s serve.

“It was quite a physical match,” Harris said. “I’m glad it didn’t go three sets.”

Corrie and Smethurst also held up under pressure, winning crucial deuce points en route to pulling out a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Americans Kevin King and Jean-Yves Aubone.

“It’s good to be back in Texas,” Corrie said. “It’s beautiful weather and nice to get a title, for sure.”

King and Aubone had their chances in the second set. Their best shot to even the match came at 5-4 with three set points on Smethurst’s serve, but the big Brit fought off all three points to even the set at 5-5.

Corrie and Smethurst then came up big in the next service game by winning the deciding deuce point in the no-ad format to break King’s serve, and Corrie was able to serve out the match.

“Dan hit a great return on the 5-all deuce point and we managed to win that point,” Corrie said. “And then we came through a couple of tight rallies on our serve. It’s such fine margins when it’s a good level of doubles. It was great to come through that.”

Rusty Hall, 817-390-7816 Twitter: @RustyHall10s

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