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Rain postpones Harris' Australian Open opener

20 Jan 2020, 22:13 GMT+10

Cape Town - Rising South African tennis star Lloyd Harris' opening match at the Australian Open has been postponed until Tuesday due to persistent rain in Melbourne.

Harris was due to open his campaign on Monday against 14th seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman but he'll have to wait another day before taking to the court.

The 22-year-old Harris has risen to a career-high No 72 following his run to the final of the ATP event in Adelaide last week where he lost to Russia's Andrey Rublev.

Meanwhile South Africa's other singles contestant, Kevin Anderson, is also scheduled to play on Tuesday against little-known Belarusian, Ilya Ivashka.

Ivashka, 25, has a career high singles ranking of 80th, but is currently a lowly 149th in the standings.

Ivashka came through a gruelling qualification process, finishing as the seventh-best qualifier of the 19 who earned their way into the main 128-player draw.

Anderson, unseeded at the year's first Grand Slam following a series of injuries that curtailed the second half of his 2019 season, will fancy his chances of progressing.

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