Keeping up with the Brits – November 02, 2020


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Flying in Vienna and dazzling in Hamburg – it’s been quite a week for the British tennis stars out on the tour. With one champion, four finalists and two semi-finalists across Europe, the Brits are certainly finishing the season in style. 

Meanwhile, off the court, Paul Jubb celebrated a big birthday and Katie Swan has been busy recording a podcast. All this and more in this week’s ‘Keeping up with the Brits’.

What happened in British tennis last week?

On Sunday morning, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski competed in their second ATP Doubles final together as a pair following an impressive week at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. After beating World No.1 Robert Farah and his partner Fabrice Martin in straight sets, the Brits faced Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final. Despite a close match up between the teams, the British duo eventually finished runners-up, losing the final 7-6(5), 7-5.

Also in Vienna, Dan Evans reached his second ATP Tour semi-final in as many weeks as the British No.1 continues to build on his strong form this season. On his way to the semi-final, Evans recorded his eighth win against top-20 opposition as he beat Grigor Dimitrov – only Novak Djokovic has beaten more players inside the top-20 so far in 2020.

In the semi-final Evans came up against an in-form Lorenzo Sonego, fresh off his biggest career win against World No.1, Djokovic. On the day, the Italian just proved too strong, taking the match 6-3, 6-4.

Over at the ATP Challenger in Hamburg, another Brit playing in his second doubles final in a row was Lloyd Glasspool, alongside his American partner, Alex Lawson. The two made a brilliant comeback in their final match against Marc-Andrea Huesler and Marjchrzak Kamil and saved 11 championship points before falling 6-3, 1-6, 20-18.

Cornelia Oosthuizen claimed her first international title of 2020 at the ITF Futures Brno Cup, finishing as women’s doubles champion and women’s singles runner-up.

Oozthuizen partnered Emmanuelle Morch of France as she won the fourth doubles title of her career, the duo defeating Czech partnership Ladislava Porizkova and Lenka Telakova 6-1, 6-0. The former Invictus Games medallist, who joined the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme in 2019, also reached the singles final where she faced her partner Morch, who took their deciding contest 6-2, 6-3.

On the ITF Tour, 20-year-old Emilie Lindh reached the semi-finals at the W15 Sharm El Sheikh, while Amanda Carreras finished as runner-up at the W15 Platja D’Aro.

Photo of the week

Another brilliant week for Murray and Skupski as they finished runners-up in Vienna

Posts of the week

Jubb celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday in style

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21!!! grateful for my close ones. We finna carry on leveling up

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Swan caught up with the SotoTennis Academy podcast to discuss her return from injury, Fed Cup experiences and on court therapy dogs

Jordanne Whiley’s new puppy is starting to feel at home

And Cornelia Oosthuizen celebrated a fantastic week at the Brno Open

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Where are the Brits this week?

The headline news is that Evans, Murray and Skupski will all be returning for the Rolex Paris Masters event, taking place behind closed doors in France. Evans will kick off his campaign with a tricky draw against three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday. Evans will then pair up with Australian star Alex De Minaur to compete in the doubles, where they will face French pair, Hugo Gaston and Ugo Humbert.

Murray and Skupski will be looking to go one step further this week and clinch the title in Paris as they aim to confirm their place in the Nitto ATP Finals later this month. They face Stefanos Tsitsipas and Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi in the first round.

Liam Broady and Jack Draper will be in singles action this week as they head to Italy to take part in the ATP Challenger in Parma. Draper will be returning for his first match back on the tour since March this year. Broady will then pair up with Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Popko in the doubles draw.

Oosthuizen is one of five Brits who will now contest the women’s and quad events at this week’s Prague Cup Czech Indoor, which begins on Tuesday. The ITF 3 Series tournament will see Oosthuizen line up in the women’s events alongside Lauren Jones, while Antony Cotterill, James Shaw and Richard Green are set to line up in the quad events.

Players involved in the qualifying rounds of ITF events this week include:

  • David Fox – M15 Fayetteville
  • Charles Broom – M15 Fayetteville
  • Max Basing – M15 Heraklion
  • Sean Hodkin – M15 Heraklion
  • Tom Hands – M15 Heraklion
  • Joshua Paris – M15 Parnu
  • Alexis Canter – M15 Parnu
  • Joshua Paris & Mark Whitehouse – M15 Parnu
  • Daniel Little – M15 Quinta Do Lago
  • Max Andrews – M15 Quinta Do Lago
  • George Houghton – M15 Quinta Do Lago
  • Felix Gill – M15 Quinta Do Lago
  • Jonathan Binding – M15 Quinta Do Lago
  • Anna Brogan – W15 Sharm El Sheikh
  • Armani Banks – W15 Sharm El Sheikh


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