Smash hits

The 2010 tennis season is in full swing, with three ITF 10,000 dollar ladies tour satellite tournaments scheduled for the Algarve this month.

Play is already under way in Vale de Lobo, Sunday’s final being followed by Albufeira next week and then Portimão.  Meanwhile Portugal’s top men are in action at the Costa do Sauipe Brazil Open where Faro’s Rui Machado came through qualifying to join Frederico Gil in the main draw. The Algarvean dismissed Boris Pashanski 6-1, 5-0 (retired) in the decisive encounter and will have faced Marcos Daniel in the first round of the Future for which world No22 Juan Carlos Ferro is the top seed.