British Tennis Round-up: Doubles delight for Salisbury, Skupski and Inglot

29/10/2018

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Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski in Vienna

Austria

Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski joined forces at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna and ended their seasons emphatically by lifting the ATP 500 trophy. The British duo defeated Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof, then Andreas Mies and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo en route to their semi-final clash with second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Belo. A gutsy 2-6, 6-3, [10-8] victory saw them set up a final with Mike Bryan and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, which they went on to win 7-6(5), 6-3.

The achievement meant both players celebrated career-high doubles rankings as Salisbury moved up eight spots to world No.30 and Skupski climbed up nine spots to world No.34.

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Incredible way to end an amazing year with our first ATP 500 title! @nskupski it was a pleasure 😁🏆

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Jonny O’Mara and Luke Bambridge also scored new career-high rankings after winning the doubles title at the Stockholm Open last weekend. O’Mara now sits at world No.64, whilst Bambridge is placed at world No.59.

Switzerland

Dom Inglot made it two ATP 500 trophies for the Brits, playing with Croatian partner Franko Skugor at the Swiss Indoors Basel. The 2018 Wimbledon semi-finalists captured victories over Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi, fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Marcel Granollers, and Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos to reach a final against German brothers Alex and Mischa Zverev. A convincing 6-2, 7-5 win saw them lift their third team title in six months.

Norway 

Harriet Dart was in fine form in Oslo as she clinched singles and doubles titles whilst competing in a $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament. The 22-year-old lost just one set in her entire singles run, and won the doubles without dropping a single set with Cornelia Lister.

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Happy to end the season with two titles ✅ 🏆 🙏🏼💥

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Switzerland

Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones lived up to their top-seeding to claim their fifth women's doubles title as a team at the  ITF 3 Series Sion Indoor.

After two straight sets wins to reach the final, the pair faced a tougher challenge in the final before eventually defeating second seeds Nalani Buob and Emmanuelle Morch 6-4, 4-6, [10-5].

Meanwhile, Dermot Bailey was a men's singles and doubles quarter-finalist in Sion before bowing out to top-seeded opposition in both events.

Other Brits in action

Tara Moore partnered Switzerland’s Conny Perrin to win the doubles trophy at a $60,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Canada, and Tiffany William finished singles runner-up at a $15,000 event in Stockholm.  

The ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships took place in Miami and Great Britain walked away with four medals... 

On home soil

London

BUCS National League is the highest level of university team tennis competition, comprising the 12 best male and female teams in the UK. Fixtures for the National League are split across regular BUCS Wednesday afternoons as well as two centrally hosted Super Weekends – the first of which was hosted at the National Tennis Centre at the weekend.

Loughborough men’s first team won maximum points as they continued their unbeaten run, whilst Durham women’s first team dropped just one rubber as they look to retain the National League title for the fourth consecutive season.

Following their achievement, Loughborough University Performance Coach Tom Kisiel said: “We were confident with our recruitment over the summer, which has helped us claim some important victories against Durham University & University of Stirling." 

Follow the teams throughout the season here.

Nottingham

Nottingham Tennis Centre played host to the 15th annual National Learning Disability Tennis Championships; one of the most inspiring events of the British tennis calendar. Organised by the Tennis Foundation and hosted in partnership with Special Olympics GB, the event attracted a record entry, reflecting the boost in disability tennis participation.

Among this year’s competitions were players that will be travelling to Abu Dhabi in March next year for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. Competitors played matches using yellow, green or orange tennis balls depending on their level of ability, with champions crowned in 19 different singles divisions and ten doubles categories. 

Check out the full list of results and winners here and learn more about learning disability tennis here.

Loughborough

Last weekend saw British champions crowned at the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships at Loughborough University. 

Visually impaired tennis uses a smaller court marked out with lower nets and tactile lines, and an audible ball so players can hear it bounce. Depending on a player’s degree of sight loss, they may have between one and three bounces of the ball before returning it back to their opponent.

Titles were decided across four sight categories, B1 to B4/B5 – with B1 players having the greatest degree of sight loss. Check out the Roll of Honour here and find out how to get involved here.

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