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2016-07-05 19:10:00 CET

In, out, shake it all about

Men’s competition off to a dramatic start

The Crabb brothers were lucky losers today. Photocredit: Melanie Duchene.The Crabb brothers were lucky losers today. Photocredit: Melanie Duchene.

The first day of men’s qualification was as dramatic as the stunning alpine scenery that surrounds the Gstaadium.

Earlier in the day two teams thought they were out of the Gstaad Major in the country quota – only to be reinstated as lucky losers. Now both teams find themselves in the second round and just one victory away from a place in the main draw.

We reported earlier in the day how lucky Poreč Major quarterfinalists Guto/Saymon were to survive a country quota defeat – but they put that loss behind them to beat Switzerland’s Berta/Müller in just 27 minutes on Center Court.

Another team that exited the country quota but got a second chance – American brothers Taylor and Trevor Crabb – made it to the next stage of qualification with a 2-1 victory over Bouter/Van Steenis of the Netherlands.

Sadly, it wasn’t a day to remember for the hosts, as the three Swiss teams in the men’s qualification bit the dust. As well as Berta/Müller’s exit, we said goodbye to Métral/Zandbergen and Heidrich/Gabriel Kissling.

Home glory now rests in the hands of three Swiss men’s teams who are entered in the main draw: Gabathuler/Gerson, Beeler/Strasser and wildcards Jonas Kissling/Krattiger.

Qualification comes to a close tomorrow – so stick with us online and on social media for all the latest news live from the mountains!

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