Rising Serbian star Miomir Kecmanovic enjoyed competing at the UTR Pro Match Series despite falling just short of making it all the way at the event. The Tour has been suspended for two months but four players had a chance to return to the court this week in West Palm Beach, where an exhibition event was hosted.
The tournament staged from May 8-10 featured four players -- a group stage -- a final and a match for the third place. Kecmanovic, ranked at No. 47 in the world, made the final before he was beaten by home favorite Reilly Opelka 4-3 (2) 2-4 4-2.
"Even though it’s not an ATP Tour event, for sure it’s exciting to be back competing even though it’s just the four of us,” Kecmanovic told Tennis Channel, as revealed on Tennis TourTalk. “This was a really fun experience to be here”.
Kecmanovic, 20, started his campaign at the UTR Pro Match Series with a loss against Opelka but then defeated Pole Hubert Hurkacz and American Tommy Paul to make it past the group stage and clinch a final spot. The 20-year-old Serb performed much better in his second match against Opelka but still couldn't find a way to beat the home favorite American.
Kecmanovic, who is enjoying a career-high ranking, made a promising start to the new season before the Tour got suspended. The Serb made the Doha semifinal in his first tournament of the season, before he made the last four stage at the New York Open a month later. Kecmanovic finished runner-up at the Antalya Open last year, which was his maiden ATP final.