loyd Harris Through to Third Round of Australian Open With 5-Set Thriller
loyd Harris Through to Third Round of Australian Open With 5-Set Thriller. Photo: Tennis South Africa

South African tennis player Lloyd Harris has torpedoed his way through to the third round in the Australian Open Men’s Singles with a 5-set thriller. This is his first time advancing this far in the competition.

In a dramatic three-hour match that saw the points see-saw between each player, Lloyd held on to win against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin. The final score was: 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3.

According to Tennis South Africa, Lloyd showed “real fighting spirit” and served 25 aces.

The 23-year-old from Cape Town will next play either 22nd seed Borna Coric or Mackenzie McDonald who is unseeded.


Lloyd’s ATP ranking is currently 91, but 2021 looks off to a good start, and this could be the year he beats his career high of 72 (achieved on 22 July 2019).

South Africa’s other single’s contender at the Australian Open, Kevin Anderson, has already been eliminated.