NEW YORK – Rising South African tennis star Lloyd Harris beat JC Aragone of the USA 6-4 6-2 on Friday to qualify for the US Open main draw next week at Flushing Meadows.
Harris defeated Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador, the 210th-ranked player on the ATP rankings 7-6 6-3 in the first round of the qualifying draw, and downed Sebastian Ofner from Austria, the former world number 129 in straight sets 6-2 6-1 in the second round.
The 21-year-old Harris from Cape Town has been in fine form during the American hardcourt summer season, winning his first Challenger in Lexington, three weeks ago.
Harris also reached the Challenger final in Aptos and quarter-finals of Binghamton and Vancouver.
“I really felt confident coming into the qualifying here in New York after a great couple of weeks, where I won my first Challenger.