Keeping up with the Brits: 06 April, 2021

06/04/2021

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Five finals, three titles and career high rankings – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Catch up on a week filled with trophies and celebrations for the Brits on tour.

What happened in British tennis last week?

Starting off in Miami – Dan Evans and Neal Skupski’s partnership went from strength to strength on week two, which saw the all British duo reach their first ATP Masters 1000 final.

Playing together for only the first time in their careers, Evans and Skupski defeated fourth seeds and veteran partnership, Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 7-6 (4), 1-6, 10-8 to secure a place in the final.

After an incredible run, which saw the Brits win three match tie-breaks in a row, their title dreams came to an end against second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, who claimed a 6-4, 6-4 final win.

Elsewhere, it was silverware galore for the Brits! Dom Inglot picked up his first trophy of the season in the ATP Challenger Marbella doubles alongside Australian Matt Reid.

Having won the ATP Challenger Biella title with Lloyd Glasspool a few weeks ago, Reid partnered Inglot for the first time as the two went on to be crowned champions in Spain. They staged an epic comeback to beat Romain Arneodo and Hugo Nys 1-6, 6-3, 10-6 in the final.

Over in Dubai, Jodie Burrage won her second ITF singles title at the W25 Dubai. Building on her superb form this season, Burrage went one step further in Dubai, dropping only one set on her way to becoming champion.

It was double British success in Dubai as Tara Moore won her third ITF title of the year with Emina Bektas. They defeated Berfu Cengiz and Ipek Oz 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 in the doubles final.

Fran Jones had another brilliant week in Argentina as she made her way to the W25 Villa Maria final last weekend. After an intense final battle, it wasn’t to be for Jones, who finished runner-up to Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Rankings update

There are new career high rankings for Skupski – who has broken into the ATP doubles top 20 for the first time – and Liam Broady this week.

Evans became the first British player since Andy Murray in 2014 to rank inside the top 100 for both singles and doubles after his final run in Miami. Evans is now the eighth British star currently ranked in the ATP doubles top 100.

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Photo of the week

All smiles in Miami

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Posts of the week

Your W25 Dubai champion

Any clues where Broady is playing this week?

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Moore just can’t stop winning

The five things Katie Boulter can’t live without on tour

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What’s happening in British tennis this week?

British No.1 Evans is joined by Broady in the main draw for the ATP 250 event in Cagliari this week. Top seed Evans  will play Lorenzo Musetti in round two, while qualifier Broady faces Jan-Lennard Struff after defeating Marc-Andrea Huesler in his opener.

Off the back of his brilliant performance last week, Evans will also team up with Argentinian star Federico Coria in the doubles.

Staying put in Marbella, Inglot joins Alexander Bublik in the ATP 250 doubles tournament in Spain – they face Andre Goransson and Nicholas Monroe in the opening round.

Jay Clarke features at the ATP Challenger Split this week, starting off with a match-up against wildcard, Nino Serdarusic.

Meanwhile, Emily Webley-Smith joins Vivian Heisen for the W60 Bellinzona doubles event in Switzerland.

Boulter, Alicia Barnett and Paul Jubb are all set to compete in Egypt this week at the ITF event at Sharm El Sheikh. Naiktha Bains on the other hand is over in Argentina for the W25 Cordoba.

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