FOR a second time this year, Conor Niland's ambition to make a Grand Slam main draw fell at the hands of Brazil's Ricardo Hocevar.
In January, Hocevar beat Niland 1-6 6-4 6-3 in the third and final round of he Australian Open qualifier.
Hocevar did it again at the US Open qualifier last week. Niland had beaten Spain's David Marrero easily in his opening match, but went down 7-5 6-2 to the Brazilian in the second round.
At a Futures event in Uberlingen, Germany, James McGee made it as far as the quarter-finals. Seeded at No3, he had a tough match against Italian player Matthieu Vieran in the opening round, only winning in a third set tie-break.
He then beat Florian Fallert of Germany for a place in the quarter-finals where he came up against an in-form Daniel Lustig of the Czech Republic.
The first set was close with McGee losing in a tie-break. In the second set, Lustig always had the edge and went on to win 6-3 and take the match.
After making the quarter-finals of two challengers in Brazil, Louk Sorensen faces a busy few weeks. He will fly to Thailand for two challengers next week, and will then move on to California for two more tournaments in October.
Sorensen is currently world-ranked 252 after a career high of 213 earlier this year following his superb run at the Australian Open where he reached the second round.
Daniel Glancy has been competing on the European Futures circuit, and last week lost in the opening round of Netherlands Futures in Enschede to local player Antal van der Duim.
In the doubles, he paired up with French player Nicolas Rosenzwig, but they also went out in their opener. Glancy had started the month of August by beating Colin O'Brien in the opening round of the Finland Futures at Vierumaki, losing in the second round to Micke Kontenien in straight sets.
Along with James Cluskey and Colin O'Brien, he then moved on to Jurmala, Latvia, where he went out in the first round.
Cluskey and O'Brien did better, winning the men's doubles and gaining valuable ranking points. It was a third doubles win for the pair this year.
5-11 September Ballinlough Senior Open.
6-12 September Mullingar Senior Open.