Keeping up with the Brits: November 23, 2020

23/11/2020

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Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram in action at the 2020 Nitto ATP FInals

Joe Salisbury’s superb season comes to an end in London. Hard work in the gym continues for Liam Broady and Jodie Burrage. Heather Watson gives a cooking lesson. Let’s see what the Brits have been up to.

What happened in British tennis last week?

After 12 years London’s O2 Arena bowed out as host of the Nitto ATP Finals. Taking part in last week’s season-ending event was Britain’s Salisbury, who alongside his American partner Rajeev Ram was aiming for victory and to end 2020 as the World No.1 ranked duo.

The British-American pairing, who won their first Grand Slam at the Australian Open earlier this year, battled hard to progress out of their group by winning two matches by tie-break to advance to the semi-finals.

In the last four they met Jürgen Melzer and Édouard Roger-Vasselin, going head-to-head in a contest that would decide who would end the year as the highest-ranked doubles pairing in the world.

Although Salisbury and Ram earned one match point in the deciding tie-break, they would eventually lose the tie 6-7(4), 6-3, 11-9.

Not to be on this occasion, but a hugely successful season for Salisbury and Ram.

On the Challenger Tour Jay Clarke’s 2020 campaign came to a close at the Challenge Ortisei, where he was beaten in the round of 16 by France’s Alexandre Müller.

Young Brit Aidan McHugh impressed on the ITF Tour where he reached the final of the doubles event at a $15K tournament in Egypt alongside India’s Siddhant Banthia.

A memorable week for our players on the LTA’s Wheelchair National Age Group Programme saw 15-year-old Ben Bartram earn victory in the junior singles at the ITF Futures Alanya Open in Turkey.

Elsewhere, Britain’s top-ranked junior, Dahnon Ward, was announced as the winner of the ITF’s inaugural Junior Player of the Year Award after impressive seasons in both 2019 and 2020.

Photo of the week

Synchronised screams from Salisbury and Ram...

Synchronised screams from Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram

Posts of the week

Liam Broady has been dreaming about what the festive season has in store…

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Jodie Burrage working hard at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton…

Look out Jamie Oliver there’s a new cooking show in town – ‘how not to cook spinach, with Heather Watson

Where are the Brits this week?

As attentions turn to pre-season there are few Brits out on the road this week – but some are still competing.

Rising stars Arthur Fery and Felix Gill are in action on the ITF Tour in Slovakia and Spain while Ryan Peniston and Jan Choinski are competing in a $15K tournament in Greece.

Following his victory last week Bartram will remain in Turkey to play in the Haydarpasha Palace Open, where he will be joined by Cornelia Oosthuizen.

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