By Shane Jones
For Brisbane’s Jason Kubler his win in Bundaberg could lead him back to dominating the world of tennis.
The talented 27-year-old, currently 272 in the world, took out the Realway Open on Monday, not dropping a set along the way.
Kubler is now a winner at the Australian Money Tournament level in the region after also winning at the ITF level in Bundaberg, after winning on the same courts in 2012.
In this tournament he made the final, losing just 12 games in four matches, before beating Calum Puttergill in the final, who was forced to retire with an elbow injury after the first set ended 6-4 to Kubler.
“I’m happy to be playing matches again,” Kubler said after the match.
“I haven’t played since the Australian summer. I had tennis elbow that meant I couldn’t play for five weeks.”
Kubler has only recently been hitting again, in preparation to come back to the courts to try to get back into the top 100, a feat he was previously able to achieve in 2018.
He’s now preparing to head overseas, starting with two Italian ATP Challenger tournaments in the middle of the month before trying to qualify for Wimbledon.
Bundy fell at the right time for him to play.
“It was a great opportunity to test my body and see how everything goes and then head overseas,” he said.
Kubler also paid tribute to his opponent, Puttergill, saying his courage to play was incredible given the injury and the fatigue that had happened.
Puttergill won his semi-final match, earlier in the day, in a marathon four hour match.
Kubler was also full of praise for Bundaberg and the courts.
“I have good memories coming up to Bundy,” Kubler said.
“I forgot that they were chalked lines so when I came here I was shocked to see it.
“The courts play really well.
“You get them in the morning and they are one of the best clay courts in Queensland, if not Australia.
“I’m very happy to come back here and very happy that people came to watch.”
Puttergill apologised for not being able to finish the match, but he couldn’t continue after his marathon effort earlier in the day.
“I was struggling with elbow and right arm injury, I was in a fair bit of pain on the right arm,” he said.
“There was potential for a bit of bone stress in there, hence I had to withdraw after the first set.”
Puttergill said he almost pulled out of the final altogether but wanted to play because he didn’t want to let the organisers and the fans down.
He will now focus on recovering before heading to the United States later this year to play in some tournaments.
There will be more on the Realway Open, and a special guest, next week.