Lloyd Harris was in fighting form defeating the Czech Republic’s Zdeněk Kolář 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the qualifying draw of the Australian Open early on Tuesday morning.
South Africa’s rising singles tennis star edged one match closer to qualifying for the second Grand Slam of his career.
Harris will have to navigate past two more rounds of matches to earn a place in the main draw in Melbourne.
He will face Germany’s Dominik Koepfer, who is ranked 161stin the world, in the second round on Thursday morning.
The South African this week climbed eight places on the ATP singles rankings after reaching the quarterfinal of the Playford ATP Challenger last week.
Harris reached a career-high 110th spot following a breakthrough run in 2018 where he won two ATP Challenger singles titles.
He reached his first Grand Slam at the 2018 US Open winning his three qualifying matches without dropping a set.
The Capetonian suffered a 2-6 2-6 3-6 defeat to former world number six Gilles Simon of France in his opening match.
He will be looking to join compatriot and South Africa’s number one player Kevin Anderson in the main draw of the 2019 Australian Open which will be held from January 14 to 27.