Keeping up with the Brits: October 19, 2020


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Reaching big milestones on tour, final runs in France and new members of the family – needless to say, last week was a busy one for our Brits. Catch up on all the latest with the British tennis stars.

What happened in British tennis last week?

Over in Russia this week, British No.3 Cameron Norrie hit an impressive milestone in his career, recording his 50th ATP Tour-level win, after securing a victory over Miomir Kecmanovic at the St. Petersburg Open. Norrie made it to his second ATP quarter-final before losing out to Russia’s Andrey Rublev, who went on to take the title.

Harriet Dart made waves in France this week, where she reached both the singles and doubles finals at the ITF event Cherbourg. Coming in as the sixth seed, Dart impressed throughout the singles draw, battling through some tough matches to eventually meet Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi in the final. Despite a valiant performance, top seed Kanepi won the match 6-4 6-4, in what was Dart’s first final of the season.

At the same event, Dart teamed up with fellow Brit Sarah Beth Grey in the doubles and the duo were in brilliant form as they made it all the way to the final. In what was a nail-biting final, the pair just lost out on the trophy to Robin Anderson and Jessika Ponchet 4-6 6-4 10-8.

Britain’s Jodie Burrage was also in singles action in Cherbourg as she continued to build on her great run of form in 2020. Burrage had to fight her way through qualifying, before going in to beat the fourth and fifth seeds on her way to the semi-final, where she met eventual champion Kanepi.

In the men’s doubles, Dom Inglot and his partner Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi fought hard to reach the semi-finals at the Cologne Open, which saw them overcome fellow Brit Ken Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez.

Elsewhere, Emily Arbuthnott & Freya Christie were defeated by Viktorila Dema & Martyna Kubka in the final in the ITF doubles event in Sharm-El-Shekih 6-4, 6-3.

Photo of the week

Just chilling on top of the city… Andy Murray had some down time with World No.7 Alexander Zverev during his visit to Cologne

Posts of the week

A player in form – off the back of an impressive week on the court, Harriet poses with her runners-up trophies in Cherbourg, alongside partner Sarah Beth Grey

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Finales a Cherbourg 🎾🥈🥰🥶 #keepdigging

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Jordanne Whiley welcomed a new member to the family

We wonder what football match Andy Lapthorne could be talking about here…

Where are the Brits this week?

It’s a busy week ahead for the Brits with 18 stars in action across Belgium, Germany, Turkey and Egypt. British No.1 Dan Evans returns to singles action at the European Open in Antwerp alongside Cameron Norrie, both of whom will face qualifiers in the opening round. They will both be looking to replicate Andy Murray’s heroics in 2019 winning the title against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka.

Evans and Norrie will then partner up to compete in the doubles, where they join No.4 seeds Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, Jonny O’Mara and Marcelo Arevalo, as well as Luke Bambridge and his partner, Jackson Withrow, who will be playing together for the first time.

Over in Germany, British No.2 Kyle Edmund is back as he takes on Japan’s Yoshito Nishioka in the second leg of the ATP Cologne.

Joining Edmund in Cologne in the doubles draw is Dom Inglot and Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi, who will face the Zverev brothers in their first match. Ken Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez will also be in action, joining a very competitive doubles field.

Jay Clarke is playing at the ATP Challenger Istanbul this week and has already got off to a winning start as he continues his comeback to the tour.

On the ITF circuit this week, the big news is that Katie Boulter is playing at the W15 Sharm El Sheikh. Here she’ll be joined by Britain’s Freya Christie and Jasmine Conway, who has made the final round of qualifying.

In-form Dart is back in action at the W25 Reims in France alongside fellow Brits Francesca Jones and Grey.

Battle of the Brits stars Anton Matusevich and Alistair Gray are also competing on the international stage. Multiple British Tour champion Matusevich will play in the M25 Hamburg, whereas Gray is in Egypt, playing the M15 Sharm El Sheikh.

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