Lloyd Harris is expected to crack the top-100 on the ATP World rankings after winning his third Challenger singles title in Tasmania, Australia on Sunday.
The country’s second best player has been in top form in the tournament beating Lorenzo Giustino 6-2- 6-2 to win the Launceston International title.
“The win is a big boost with the ranking system and all the points you can get from winning this title,” Harris told the Tasmania Examiner.
“It just makes my route throughout the year a lot easier to eventually now break into the top 100.”
He beat Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final for a meeting with Giustino of Italy.
Harris and Sela last week combined to win the Burnie International title with a victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic 6-3, 7-6, 10-8 in the final.
The South African has climbed eight places in the recent ATP World rankings to 111th place after qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time this year.
Harris won his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title in 2018 at Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, United States before adding the Stockton Pro Open title.
“I felt I just played really well throughout the whole week,” Harris said.
“I started off from the first match serving well, playing well, just competing hard, trying to find my best tennis.
“It’s just been a phenomenal week here for me.”