Keeping up with the Brits: September 14, 2020


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Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett

British wheelchair players thrive in the US Open. Judy Murray’s message for ‘tennis mum’ Jordanne Whiley. Liam Broady films Andy Murray sweeping the clay. Our recap of the best moments from British tennis last week.

What happened in British tennis last week?

It’s safe to say that the Brits excelled in the wheelchair events at this year’s US Open. Remarkably British duo Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett won their fourth successive US Open men’s doubles title in a row – beating French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-4, 6-1. Andy Lapthorne achieved the same feat in the men’s quad doubles, winning his fourth consecutive trophy, triumphing with Australia’s Dylan Alcott for a second time. Another player who entered the winner’s circle last week was Jordanne Whiley, who alongside best friend Yui Kamiji of Japan, claimed the top prize in the women’s doubles too.

Britain’s Lucy Shuker also impressed and made it to the semi-final stage of the women’s singles event, while Hewett progressed to the men’s final before narrowly losing out in a blockbuster contest against World No.1 Shingo Kunieda 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3).

Elsewhere in the US Open, Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram's winning streak in Grand Slams ended at nine victories after they reached the semi-finals of the tournament, while Francesca Jones made it through to the semi-finals of the ITF Tarviso event on the W25 Tour. Britain's Maia Lumsden also advanced to the quarter-finals of a W25 Tour event in Portugal.

Jordanne Whiley and partner win the US Open

Which Brits impressed?

Hewett continues to illustrate why he is one of the leading players in wheelchair tennis, with the World No.3 adding an eighth Grand Slam doubles title to his collection as well as narrowly missing out on a fourth Grand Slam singles accolade after a fiercely-contested men’s singles final.

Lapthorne also deserves a special mention for claiming his tenth Grand Slam doubles title, while Whiley’s major triumph with partner Kamiji was the pair’s 11th Grand Slam doubles win. Truly amazing numbers from truly amazing athletes.

With Reid also winning another doubles Grand Slam title – the eighth of his career – and Shuker reaching the latter stages of the women’s singles, every player who competed in the LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series ahead of the US Open went on to be successful in the New York event.

Photo of the week

After achieving the ‘four-peat’, Reid and Hewett stopped for this affectionate moment which was captured by Getty Images photographer Al Bello.

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett

Posts of the week

With Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams going far at Flushing Meadows, many had dubbed this year’s tournament ‘the year of the tennis mums’. That statement is hugely true when talking about British No.1 Whiley – something that Judy Murray pointed out on social media.

With a new football season starting back in England Hewett was keen to show his support for his beloved Norwich City FC on Arthur Ashe… 

And Liam Broady had some fun with some behind the scenes footage of Andy Murray during a practice session on the clay. Not sure you’ve got his age right here though, Liam??

Where are the Brits this week?

Back in competition this week are a host of Brits at the Italian Open. British Number 1s Dan Evans and Johanna Konta are in action in Rome, as is Kyle Edmund.

Also competing are Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram, who will be hoping to build on their impressive showing at the US Open where they reached the semi-finals. The all-British pairing of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski have also travelled to the Italian capital and will be out to advance to the latter stages of the tournament having also impressed at the US Open, where they reached the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere the ITF's UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour resumes this week, giving a host of Brits their first chance to play competitive international tennis since play was suspended globally due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Louise Hunt, Lauren Jones and Cornelia Oosthuizen will all compete in the women's events at the Open de L’ile de Re, while Richard Green, Antony Cotterill and James Shaw will all face off in the quad events at the ITF 2 tournament.

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