Keeping up with the Brits: 22 February, 2021


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As the sun sets on one another Australian Open fortnight, it’s time to celebrate British achievements in Melbourne. Record-equalling champions, multiple finalists and career-highs, it’s been a tournament to remember.

Away from Australia, the Brits are also going from strength to strength on the ATP, WTA and ITF Tours as the season hits full swing – find out more in your weekly British tennis update.

What happened in British tennis this week?

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid made history at this year’s Australian Open. By defending the men’s wheelchair doubles title, they became Britain’s joint most successful doubles pairing of all-time.

Their 10th Grand Slam title matched the British record set by Laurie and Reginald Doherty between 1897 and 1905. Hewett and Reid defeated French duo Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the final.

Hewett later went on to make the singles final as well after knocking out World No.1 Shingo Kunieda in the semi-finals. After losing the first 10 games in the final, Hewett did mount an impressive comeback but was eventually beaten 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 by Belgium’s Joachim Gerard.

Speaking of Australian Open finalists, Joe Salisbury was definitely one of the tournament’s stand-out performers this year after reaching the men’s doubles final and mixed doubles semi-final.

Salisbury and his partner Rajeev Ram beat an in-form Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in an all-British semi-final, to reach back-to-back finals in Melbourne. Unfortunately their 11-match unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek, who clinched the title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The 28-year-old also missed out in a tight mixed doubles semi-final with Desirae Krawcyzk. The British, American duo lost the deciding match tie-break 10-8 against Matthew Ebden and Sam Stosur. This brought an end to their brilliant run, which saw them beat fellow Brit Neal Skupski and Andreja Klepac in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, both Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne were denied their chance at title glory after losing in the finals of the women’s wheelchair doubles and quad doubles respectively.

Fran Jones made her first WTA Tour semi-final last week in the Phillip Island Trophy doubles alongside 24-year-old Argentinian Nadia Podoroska. They defeated second seeds Monica Niculescu and Zhaoxuan Yang on route to the semi-finals, where they went on to lose a tense match tie-break against eventual champions Ankita Raina and Kamilla Rakhimova.

All smiles in the States for Katie Swan this week, who continued her unbeaten record in the ITF finals as she claimed her eighth career title at the W25 Orlando. Swan beat World No.204 Robin Anderson 6-1, 6-3 to lift her first trophy since returning from injury.

It was another successful week for Liam Broady who again performed well at the Potechefstroom ATP Challenger, bowing out in the semi-finals to Teimuraz Gabashvili.

Rankings update

After a strong couple of weeks Down Under Jones reached her career high ranking of 206 in the world, jumping up 39 places in the rankings.

After reaching a final and semi-final over two weeks in South Africa, Broady is the biggest mover in the ATP rankings this week. He moves up 24 places to World No.167.

Jamie Murray and Cameron Norrie both climbed four places in the rankings to reach No.18 and 65 in the doubles and singles rankings respectively.

Photo of the Week

Introducing Britain’s joint most successful doubles team – congratulations guys!

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Posts of the Week

The unbeaten run in ITF singles finals continues for Swan

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Curtains close on a sensational two weeks for Salisbury

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What a player, what an inspiration...

Johanna Konta is getting ready for another big week in Adelaide

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What’s happening in British tennis this week?

Following an injury that forced her to retire from her previous match, British No.1 Konta returns to play at the WTA Adelaide this week. Konta faces American star Shelby Rogers in her opening clash of the tournament. Many will remember that Rogers recently defeated Britain’s Fran Jones in the first round of the Australian Open.

Andy Murray has accepted a wildcard to play at an ATP 250 event in Montpellier this week with the former World No.1 looking to build on a successful start to the season in Biella. Murray will play Belarusian Egor Gerasimov in his first match before a potential match up with young starlet Jannik Sinner.

Dom Inglot and Luke Bambridge come in as the third seeds at the ATP Singapore doubles this week. They kick off the event with a tough match against Germany’s Yannick Hafmann and Australia’s John Millman.

Ryan Peniston has qualified for the ATP Challenger in Nur-Saltan this week and will feature in the main draw for both the singles and doubles.

In Florida, Swan will be hoping to follow up with another ITF title in the W25 Boca Raton. Fellow Brit Naiktha Bains joins Swan in the main draw, which features 11 players inside the world’s top 200.

Jack Draper, Paul Jubb and Aidan McHugh are amongst several other Brits set to compete in the both draws at the M15 Sharm El Sheikh later in the week. Eden Silva and Naomi Broady will also line-up in the women’s draw in Egypt.

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