Keeping up with the Brits: January 18, 2021

18/01/2021

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The new season kicked off with a bang last week, with a host of British stars enjoying early success across the world. Semi-finalists, first time qualifiers and hotel workouts – let’s review what the Brits have been up to over the past seven days. 

What happened in British tennis last week?

Cam Norrie has risen seven places in the ATP rankings this week to World No. 67 after a semi-final run at the Delray Beach Open. Norrie put in commanding performances against JC Aragone and French star Adrian Mannarino to set up a quarter-final against home-favourite Frances Tiafoe.

Norrie once again rose to the occasion and edged out a three-set win to progress to the semi’s. There he faced Sebastian Korda, one of the most talked about young talents on the tour, where he bowed out 6-3, 7-5 despite a gutsy performance.

Norrie also paired up with fellow Brit Jonny O’Mara to compete in the Delray Beach Open men’s doubles event. The British pair picked up an early win, but eventually went out to Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar in a match tie-break.

One of the stories dominating the headlines last week was that of 20-year-old Francesca Jones as she  booked her place at her first Grand Slam after sailing through the Australian Open qualifiers.

Due to travel restrictions into Australia, this year’s qualifiers were hosted several weeks earlier in Abu Dhabi, where Jones would begin her journey to Melbourne. After beating former World No. 28 Monica Niculescu in her opening match, Jones came through a tough battle against Croatia’s Jana Fett to go within reach of securing her place in the main draw. Any talk of nerves was quickly squashed as the Yorkshire-born star only dropped one game in an emphatic win over Jia-Jing Lu.

Jones, who was born with a rare genetic condition called Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia Syndrome, will now join British No.1 Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Katie Boulter at the Australian Open from 8 February.

Photo of the week

Yoga with a view from Katie Boulter

Posts this week

Loving this energy from the players and we can’t wait to see them in action

 

 

Dedication levels: 100 – the Brits are certainly still putting in the work from their hotels this week. Heather Watson managed to notch up a 5k run, while Johanna Konta is showing us all how it’s done.

 

Note to self, don’t stay in a hotel room next to Katie Boulter when she’s training for a Grand Slam...

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What’s happening in British tennis this week?

With no tournaments taking place on both the ATP and WTA Tour this week, British fans will be keeping a close eye on the ATP Challenger in Istanbul, where Jay Clarke has qualified for the main draw.

After beating Dennis Istomin in the last round of qualifiers, Clarke will face Italian Frederico Gaio in the opening round on Tuesday.

On the ITF circuit Arthur Fery is in the main draw for the M15+H Bressuire. Meanwhile, Billy Harris and Edward Hubner will play qualifiers at the M15 Antalya, Oriana Parkins-Godwin plays qualifiers at the W15 Cairo.

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