Poertner Punches Main Draw Ticket At Neckarcup

Lasse Poertner (photo: Seventyfour.studio/NECKARCUP)

HEILBRONN, June 3, 2024

German teenager Lasse Poertner has reached the main draw of the award-winning NECKARCUP in Heilbronn. In his first appearance at ATP Challenger Tour level, the 18-year-old wild card entry rallied past his compatriot Louis Wessels 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final round of the qualifying on Monday.

Poertner, Germany’s reigning junior champion, withstood seven aces and broke his rival’s serve three times to prevail after two hours and three minutes.


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“I was already thrilled to even be able to play the qualifiers with a wild card. And now I’m in the main draw. I never thought I could compete so well with the pros,” said Poertner. The World No. 1383 will face Frenchman Geoffrey Blancaneaux in the first round of the €120,950 clay-court event.

Main draw gets underway

In main draw action, Alexander Ritschard caused the upset of the day by knocking out seventh-seeded Spanish veteran Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 7-6(2) in one hour and 53 minutes. Up next for the Swiss will be either Tomas Barrios Vera of Chile or German Benjamin Hassan.

Ivan Gakhov from Russia and No. 8 seed Jurij Rodionov of Austria also booked their spots in the second round.

RESULTS – JUNE 03, 2024

Singles –
First Round
I. Gakhov d [6] D. Galan (COL) 64 63
A. Ritschard (SUI) d [7] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 76(2)
[8] J. Rodionov (AUT) d M. Martineau (FRA) 63 67(3) 62

Qualifying Singles – Second Round
Qualifying – [2] D. Masur (GER) d O. Krutykh (UKR) 61 57 76(5)
Qualifying – [5] F. Gill (GBR) d L. Gerch (GER) 63 62
Qualifying – [Alt] P. Heller (GER) d [6] M. Geerts (BEL) 36 64 62
Qualifying – [Alt] N. Basilashvili (GEO) d [7] M. Echargui (TUN) 63 26 62
Qualifying – [WC] L. Poertner (GER) d [12] L. Wessels (GER) 36 63 64
Qualifying – D. Dutra da Silva (BRA) d [WC] L. Gavrielides (GER) 62 62
First Round
Qualifying – [2] D. Masur (GER) d [Alt] Y. Dzhavakian (UKR) 62 67(5) 63
Qualifying – D. Dutra da Silva (BRA) d [4] R. Bertola (SUI) 63 61
Qualifying – [6] M. Geerts (BEL) d [WC] J. Engel (GER) 62 63
Qualifying – O. Krutykh (UKR) d [10] J. Forejtek (CZE) 57 76(5) 63
Qualifying – [WC] L. Gavrielides (GER) d [11] T. Handel (GER) 26 64 64

T. Barrios Vera (CHI) vs B. Hassan (GER)

Not Before 11:30 am
[Q] P. Heller (GER) vs R. Molleker (GER)
[Q] D. Masur (GER) vs [4] M. Marterer (GER)

Not Before 3:30 pm
J. Choinski (GBR) vs [2] [WC] Y. Hanfmann (GER)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] [WC] D. Altmaier (GER) vs [WC] M. Topo (GER)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am
N. Sanchez Izquierdo (ESP) vs [Q] D. Dutra da Silva (BRA)
H. Squire (GER) vs A. Vallejo (PAR)
M. Janvier (FRA) vs [5] L. Van Assche (FRA)
[3] S. Nagal (IND) vs [Q] N. Basilashvili (GEO)

COURT 2 start 11:30 am
[Q] F. Gill (GBR) vs A. Moro Canas (ESP)
G. Blancaneaux (FRA) vs [Q] L. Poertner (GER)
M. Kasnikowski (POL) vs [Alt] S. Fanselow (GER)
J. Barranco Cosano (ESP) vs [Alt] A. Holmgren (DEN)