Keeping up with the Brits: September 21, 2020


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Matilda Mutavdzic

A 16-year-old British player gets her first ITF title win. Preparation for Roland Garros continue in Rome. Jodie Burrage tries her hand at paddle boarding. Let's look back at our favourite moments from the past seven days.

What happened in British tennis last week?

The headline performance last week came from 16-year-old Matilda Mutavdzic, part of the Men’s and Women’s Programme stage of the LTA Player Pathway. Playing in only her third women’s event, the teenager went all the way at the Melilla Trophy and defeated home favourite Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers 6-2 7-5 in the final.

Further British success came in the women’s doubles at the W80 Cagnes-sur-Mer tournament in France, where Britain’s Sam Murray and Germany’s Julia Wachaczyk beat Polish pair Paula Kania and Katarzyna Piter 7-5 6-2 in the final.

Ryan Peniston also impressed at the M15 Sintra event in Portugal, reaching the semi-final stage before losing out to eventual champion Carlos Gimeno Valero.

Ryan Peniston

At the Italian Open in Rome, British Number 1s Dan Evans and Johanna Konta were back in action after competing in the US Open. Evans exited the event in the first round after a closely fought 6-3 3-6 7-5 loss to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz while Konta progressed to the last 16 before being beaten by former World No. 1 Garbiñe Muguruza.

Kyle Edmund, playing in the men’s singles, was also knocked out of the Italian Open in the first round, as were Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski, and Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram, in the men’s doubles tournament.

Antony Cotterill reached the quad doubles final of the Open de L’ile de Re as standalone events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tournament resumed for the first time since March.

After a quarter-final loss to fellow Brit Richard Green in the quad singles, Cotterill partnered Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva to reach the quad doubles final before the top seeds fell 6-3 6-2 to second seeds Max Laudan of Germany and Japan’s Koji Sugeno.

Elsewhere Louise Hunt and Cornelia Oozthuizen both reached the semi-finals of the women’s doubles with overseas partners – Hunt and partner Macarena Cabrillana were beaten by Japanese duo Saki Takamuro and Manami Tanaka, who would go on to take home the title.

Which Brits impressed?

Entering last week’s ITF event in Spain, Mutavdzic was the World No. 1303, 780 places further down the rankings than the woman she beat in the final, Cavalle-Reimers. At 16 years old Mutavdzic was also 12 years younger than her opponent, further highlighting how impressive her victory was.

Murray’s doubles win was also her 22nd ITF title, showing how consistent a performer the 32-year-old has been at that level over the years. 

Photo of the week

Hopefully a first win of many, congratulations Matilda Mutavdzic.

Posts of the week

Elsewhere Jodie Burrage took to Instagram to show us how she’s been taking advantage of the good weather with some water sports.

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Active recovery at its finest 🏄🏽‍♀️😝

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Liam Broady prepares for his French Open qualifier with some time on court at Roland Garros. 

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RG 2020 🎾

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And she only got back home from the US Open last week, where she was triumphant in the women’s wheelchair doubles, but Jordanne Whiley’s son has already had enough of his mum judging by this! 

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He’s had enough, he’s off! 😂

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Where are the Brits this week?

With the main draw at Roland Garros getting under way from Sunday September 27, a selection of Brits are competing in the Hamburg Open this week to finalise their preparations for the final Grand Slam of the year.

Evans will face World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the men’s singles, while Jamie Murray and Skupski are up against Radu Albot and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshiin their opening match. Salisbury and Ram, who reached the semi-finals of the US Open earlier this month, are also competing in Germany and will go take on Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektić in round one.

A host of Brits have entered qualifying for Roland Garros and are in action this week. They are Jay Clarke, Liam Broady, Harriet Dart and Sam Murray.

Harriet Dart

Reigning champions and World Championships medallists Esah Hayat, Lewis Fletcher and Phoebe Suthers join former champion Peter Willcox among the leading entries for the 2020 National Deaf Tennis Championships, which take place at the National Tennis Centre next weekend, 26-27 September.

Hayat and Willcox have shared the men’s singles title between them since 2016, with Willcox claiming his 13th National title in 2018 before Hayat won his second title in four years in 2019.

With singles, doubles, mixed doubles and junior titles to be decided, Suthers will bid for her fourth women’s singles National title as Britain's leading players continue their journeys towards next year's scheduled Deaflympics.

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