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Cold Turkey for Bothwell after making first round exit in 15k

 

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell followed his younger brother Sam in making a first round exit from the $15,000 ITF tournament in Turkey yesterday as he made his comeback from injury in disappointing fashion.

The 22-year-old Irish Davis Cup player lost 6-4, 7-5 to Romanian Calin Manda, who had come through the qualifying event and is world-ranked some 500 places lower than Bothwell.

However, in mitigation, the Hillsborough man had been laid low with a flu bug and spent the day before the match wrapped up in bed.

Bothwell said: "It was obviously disappointing to lose and I showed some signs of ring-rustiness after being out of action for almost seven weeks but I'm not using that as an excuse."

"At least I am now fully fit after a frustrating time with the wrist injury and I will be in better shape all-round for the next tournament.

"I am staying on in Turkey for two more similar events which will take me up to the Irish Indoors over the Christmas period so there's a lot of tennis to come after my lay-off and I'm looking forward to getting back in the groove once again.

"My target is to maintain my world ranking in the low 600s by the end of the year and also to continue to climb up the ladder in doubles after winning two titles in the last few months."

However, there was more disappointment for the Bothwell brothers in the doubles in Turkey as the Ulster pair went down 10-4 in a third-set tie break against the third seeds.

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