Keeping up with the Brits: 26 April, 2021


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From Barcelona to Belgrade – catch up on another eventful week for Britain’s tennis stars across the globe.

What happened in British tennis last week?

On the sunny shores of Barcelona it was Cam Norrie’s turn to impress on the clay last week. The British No.2 reached the quarter-finals at the ATP 500 event, defeating two top-12 seeds along the way.

After an opening round demolition over Salvatore Caruso, Norrie went on to upset World No.23 Karen Khachanov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Up next for the Brit was eighth seed David Goffin, who was eventually forced to retire with Norrie leading 6-0, 3-5.

Waiting for him in the quarter-final was the now 12-time champion and clay court master, Rafael Nadal, who ended Norrie’s tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Also playing in the singles, Dan Evans lost out in a feisty second round encounter with French star Corentin Moutet.

In the doubles, Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram enjoyed a semi-final run in Barcelona, narrowly missing out on a shot at the title.

After beating fellow Brit Jamie Murray and Ivan Dodig in straight sets, the third seeds bowed out to Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau 1-6, 6-3, 11-9.

Evans and Neal Skupski also reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champions and top seeds, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 6-4.

Over in Belgrade, Luke Bambridge and Dom Inglot produced one of the matches of the tournament in their first round win over Austin Krajicek and Oliver Marach. The Brits beat the second seeds 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 10-7.

Bambridge and Inglot progressed to the quarter-finals, where they were defeated by Matteo Berrettini and Andrea Vavassori.

Dermot Bailey made a successful return to competition after reaching the men’s singles final at the Plock Cup in Poland. Playing his first tournament in 13 months, the British No.3 and second seed dropped just two games on route to the final, where he eventually lost to sixth seed Guilhem Laget 6-3, 6-3. 

World No.1 junior Ben Bartram also made a winning start before falling to Polish top seed Kamil Fabisiak in the second round.

Meanwhile, Bailey and Bartram’s first ever doubles event together saw them progress to the semi-finals before bowing out in a deciding match tie-break against the top seeds. 

Rankings update

Norrie’s strong week in Barcelona takes him into the top 50 in the world.

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What’s happening in British tennis this week?

Norrie looks to build on a strong start to the clay court season over in Estoril this week. As the lone Brit in the singles draw, he faces Portuguese star Joao Sousa in the first round. The winner of which could face fifth seed Alexander Bublik in round two.

The British No.2 will then team up with Sousa to take on a competitive doubles draw that also features Murray, Bambridge, Inglot, and Lloyd Glasspool.    

Murray and Glasspool team up for the first time since the Battle of the Brits in July, as they begin their campaign against Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz. Meanwhile Bambridge and Inglot defeated Rohan Bopanna and Alexander Bublik in the first round and could face Norrie and Sousa next.

At the ATP Munich Jonny O’Mara is back in action alongside Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi. The pair face wild cards Dustin Brown and Peter Gojowczyk before a potential clash with second seeds John Peers and Luke Saville.

Jay Clarke is back in Italy to compete in the ATP Challenger event in Rome this week – he defeated Australian Alex Bolt in the first round 6-0,6-3 and will now come up against Alessandro Giannessi.

There are a whole host of Brits look set to compete in the W60 Charlottesville. British No.3 Harriet Dart has automatically made the main draw, while Katie Swan, Katie Boulter and Naiktha Bains will start the week in qualifiers.

On the ITF Tour, Emily Webley-Smith features in the main draw at the W25 Oeiras, while Paul Jubb and Jack Pinnington-Jones will play in the M15 Sharm El Sheikh.

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