NMI’s Sinclair wins first pro title

NMI’s Colin Sinclair won his first professional tennis title on Tuesday in the ITF World Tennis Tour in Claremont, California.

Colin Sinclair

A former Aces Tennis Academy turned professional player, Sinclair, 23, downed France’s Lucas Poullain, 6-3, 7-6 in the final match.

The top-seeded Sinclair dropped just one set in the Claremont, California Futures $15,000 event on the way to his first professional title.

He cruised to the quarter finals with easy wins against U.S.’s Luke Jacob Gamble, 62-6-3 in the opening match, and U.S. Tyler Lu, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round.

The former NMI junior netter, Sinclair dropped the first set in the quarter finals but came back to beat U.S.’ George Goldhofe, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

He clinched the final berth with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Henry Craig, also of U.S. before defeating Poullain.

Poullain made it to the finals with a dominating win over Slovenia’s Matic Spec, 6-1, 6-2 in the opener; retired No. 7 U.S.’ Nick Chappel in the second round; survived Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter finals, and dominated U.S.’ Jordi Arconada, 6-4, 6-0 in the semis.

In the doubles, Sinclair paired with U.S. Dusty Boyer and lost to Michael Zhue of U.S., and Japan’s Jumpei Yamazaki, 3-6, 6-3, (10-5).

Sinclair was coached by CNMI Sports Hall of Famer, NMI Tennis Federation President Jeff Race during his junior tennis years on the island.