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Lumsden claims another title, Murray on course in Madrid and Robertson reaches finals


Your weekly round-up as Scottish players chase titles around the world.

Maia Lumsden claimed her second title in two weeks at the Calvi 40K+H in France alongside partner Naiktha Baines.

The duo picked up where they left off in Nottingham with a convincing run to the final, where they earned a hard-fought victory over top seeds Estelle Cascino and Ankita Raina 6-4 3-6 10-7.

Lumsden said the victory felt particularly sweet because she was still recovering from injury.

“It’s been really good to still be able to compete whilst managing and rehabbing the injury,” she said.

“I hope in a few weeks I’ll be able to get back on the singles court, but it’s great to play with Naiktha again and get wins straight away as we haven’t played together since last summer.”

After lifting her third doubles title of 2023, Lumsden will be back in action this week at Nottingham W25.

Murray and Venus look to extend run

Jamie Murray remains on course to continue his good form at the ATP Mutua Madrid Open with partner Michael Venus.

Murray and Venus beat second seed and Davis Cup teammate Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram in the opening round 6-2 3-6 10-4

The duo went on to beat American pair Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow in the round of 16, 3-6 6-3 10-4

They now await their quarter-final opponents - the winner of Croatian duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic against the in-form ‘singles team’ of Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov.

Scottish number one Cameron Norrie also made it through the opening weekend in Madrid and faces Zhizhen Zhang in the third round.

France beckons for Murray

Andy Murray suffered a first round exit in Madrid at the hands of Italian qualifier Andrea Vavassori 6-2 7-6(7)

Murray will continue his clay court campaign this week at the Open Aix Provence Credit Agricole, an ATP Challenger 175 in France.

The crowds are sure to be out in force for his first match as he faces home favourite and former world number six Gael Monfils.

Robertson reaches finals

Charlie Robertson put together a strong run at the ITF J200 in Aldershot in both the singles and doubles draws.

Robertson showed his resilience by winning a trio of three-set matches on his way to the singles final, including a semi-final win over recent GB 18U Nationals champion, Luca Pow 6-4 3-6 7-6(6).

However, it wasn’t to be for Charlie as he lost out to top seed Henry Searle 6-2 6-4 in the final.

In the doubles, Robertson teamed up with GB NTA teammate Phoenix Weir. The pair reached the final without dropping a set, but eventually came up short 6-2 6-1 against Luca Pow and Henry Searle

NPP round-up

Elsewhere at the Nottingham M25, University of Stirling’s James Mackinlay and Liam Hignett edged out top seeds Scott Duncan and Marcus Willis 6-7 6-3 10-8 before falling in another match tie-break to James Davis and Millen Hurrion 5-7 6-3 10-12

Scots will be competing again this week down at the Nottingham M25 and W25.

Junior 14U County Cup

West of Scotland boys and East of Scotland girls competed for a place in the County Cup national finals over the weekend.

They boys narrowly missed out on a ticket as they finished second to Cheshire in their group, ahead of Yorkshire and Warwickshire.

Despite an early win over Cheshire, the girls also fell short as they lost out to Lancashire and Yorkshire. 

In the Boys Division 2, East of Scotland triumphed at Craiglockhart, picking up wins against Durham & Cleveland, North of Scotland, and South of Scotland.

West of Scotland girls and North of Scotland girls both finished top of their groups in Division 2 Group A and Group B respectively.

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