Huey, pal tumble in Monaco

Philippines’ top netter Treat Huey and Belarusian Max Mirnyi lost their steam that won them an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) title in Mexico two months ago as they yielded in the quarterfinals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in Monaco.

The unseeded Huey and Mirnyi bowed to reigning French Open champion and second pick Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil, 6-4, 6-4, in this claycourt event that served as the first of the three ATP World Tour Masters 1000.

Huey and Mirnyi failed to duplicate their feat against the same veteran rivals two weeks ago, where they won in straight sets in the second round of the Miami Open presented by Itau in Florida.

Despite the loss, Huey is determined to intensify his campaign of earning a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics by winning more tournaments in the coming weeks to improve his current ATP ranking of No. 28. He aims for the elite Top 10 by July.

Like Huey, Jeson Patrombon and Chinese partner Wang Aoran stumbled in the championship round of the China F5 Futures in the province of Zheijang at the expense of top seed N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth of India and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia, 6-4, 6-0.

Patrombon, who qualified in the main draw singles, also bowed in the second round over Prashanth, 6-1, 6-1. (Kristel Satumbaga)