Following his victory at the Australian Open Boys' tournament, he received a wildcard into his first ATP challenger event at the 2013 Charles Sturt Adelaide International. He opened with a win against the sixth seed, Brydan Klein, in the first round. He then proceeded to defeat Jeong Suk-young and Greg Jones in straight sets to reach the semi-final. He ultimately lost to English player James Ward in three sets in the semi-final. He then played two consecutive Futures tournaments. In the Australia F1 he reached the quarter-final after defeating Ryan Agar in straight sets, then Jose Statham in three sets. He went down to Michael Venus in the quarter-finals. He then lost to Brydan Klein in the first round of the Australia F2 in straight sets. He was a wildcard at his next tournament, the 2013 Nature's Way Sydney Tennis International. He upset the sixth seed Brydan Klein in two sets in the first round. He went on to defeat Ivo Klec, Greg Jones, and then the fifth seed, Stéphane Robert, to reach his first challenger final. In the final, he defeated fellow countryman Matt Reid in straight sets to win his first challenger tour title at the age of 17.