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Peter and Sam made to wait in bid to set up an all-Bothwell tie

By John Flack

Published 23/11/2016

Sam Bothwell in action
Sam Bothwell in action

The possibility of a rare meeting between Hillsborough brothers Peter and Sam Bothwell on the professional tour had to be put on hold yesterday when play was suspended because of rain at the $10,000 tournament in Spain.

Unseasonal weather in Andalusia left the organisers with no option but to call proceedings off at 5pm without a single match being completed.

The two brothers will now play their first round matches today, weather permitting, and if both win then they will clash head-on in the last 32 later in the week.

Peter said: "It's not something either of us have given much thought to because we have to concentrate on getting past the first round.

"We have played each other only once before in a professional event and that was in Greece last year when I managed to beat Sam in a very long three-set match.

"It was frustrating sitting around as both of us were due to be the second match on our courts and you don't expect such bad weather in Spain but at least we had each other's company."

The older of the brothers, 21-year-old Peter, looks to have the easier of the two ties as he is up against a qualifier, Luis Faria from Portugal.

Sam, who is two years younger, was handed a 'lucky loser' place in the tournament's main draw because of a withdrawal but is due to face the eighth seed, local favourite Jaume Malfeito, who is ranked No.507 in the world.

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