Keeping up with the Brits: September 7, 2020

07/09/2020

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Andy Murray in the first round of the 2020 US Open

The return of Grand Slam action, the introduction of the LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series and another exciting edition of the British Tour – let’s recap the best of British tennis from last week.

What happened in British tennis last week?

The US Open got under way last week, with a host of British players competing. Cameron Norrie caught the eye early in the tournament by defeating ninth seed Diego Schwartzman in an epic five-set encounter. Andy Murray, returning to Grand Slam tennis for the first time in 20 months, also hit headlines after recovering from two sets down to beat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round.

The going got tougher for the Brits later in the week in the singles – Norrie went the furthest of any British player by reaching the third round – but there was plenty of success in the men’s doubles. Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram – who won the Australian Open earlier this year – have made it through to the semi-final stage, while British pairing Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski are in action in the quarter-finals later today.

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski

Away from the Grand Slams, at the NTC there were wins for Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker in the inaugural LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series as the quartet continued their preparations for the US Open, while. That was followed by 18-year-old LTA Men’s & Women’s Programme player Arthur Fery (Surrey) claimed claiming his fourth British Tour title of the summer, with Sussex’s Sonay Kartal taking the women’s title.

Which Brits impressed?

Salisbury continues to impress with partner Ram. Since they joined forces they have won 14 out of eight matches, including nine straight wins in Grand Slams – where they are yet to be beaten.

Following a 7-5 3-6 [10-8] victory over Jonathan Gray in the final week of the British Tour at the National Tennis Centre, Fery underlined his growing reputation as a player with serious potential with a fourth straight triumph in the series.

Jodie Burrage reached the final of the W25 Montemor-O-Novoe event where after a great run she was beaten 6-1 6-4 by Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia. Fran Jones, who like Burrage is supported by the LTA’s Pro-Scholarship Programme, also impressed in the Czech event, defeating former

Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to reach her first WTA quarter-final.  

Photo of the week

After his incredible comeback against Nishioka Getty Image photographer Al Bello managed to capture this image of an exhausted Andy Murray digesting what he has just accomplished.

Andy Murray in the first round of the 2020 US Open

Rising star Emma Raducanu took to social media to share how this powerful image made her feel… 

Posts of the week

With a new Premier League season starting this weekend Liam Broady shared his manager line-up for the new season (yep that’s Jamie Murray and not Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, although we did do a double-take).

We like the tie Liam, but not sure about the headband on Jonny!

Elsewhere Katie Boulter has been getting her skates on in training and Alfie Hewett gave us a sneak peak of his suite at the Arthur Ashe Stadium - not too shabby Alfie!

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2020 got me like 🙄🥴 @con_mcgoldrick

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Question of the week 

Where are the Brits this week?

Salisbury, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski are competing in the latter stages of the US Open doubles. Also in contention for silverware in New York, are Andy Lapthorne, Hewett, Reid, Whiley and Shuker will get their US Open campaigns under way in the wheelchair event from Thursday September 10. Lapthorne goes in to the tournament as defending singles and doubles champion in the quad event, with Hewett the reigning singles and doubles champion (alongside Reid) in the men’s event.

Heather Watson is set to play in the TEB BNP Paribas Tennis Championship Istanbul on the WTA Tour, which Harriet Dart has also entered qualifying for.

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