Lloyd Harris made a strong start to the Delray Beach Open beating Darian King of Barbados 7-6(1), 6-3 in his opening match on Tuesday morning.
South Africa’s number two singles player received the main draw wild card after his first-round loss to Sam Querrey at the New York Open last week.
“I’m happy to get the win and thought I played pretty good tonight.
“I’ve been playing my best tennis over the past six months and if I play well, I believe I can beat anyone.”Lloyd Harris
Harris breached the world top-100 earlier this month after clinching his third career ATP World Challenger Tour event in Tasmania joining number five Kevin Anderson.
It is the first time since 2004 that South Africa has had two players in the top-100 when Wayne Ferreira was ranked 47 and Wesley Moodie at number 88.
Exactly a year ago Harris was ranked 297th in the world highlighting his meteoric rise in global tennis.
“I was extremely happy when I reached that Top 100 spot just because I think that’s one of the biggest benchmarks as an ATP player,” Harris told the ATP website.
“You take a lot of pride in that and I really enjoyed it. Now I’m looking to build on that and it’s settling in… it’s about progressing up the ATP Rankings even more.”