Keeping up with the Brits: 10 May, 2021


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Doubles delight in Ecuador and a busy week ahead for the Brits on tour – keep up with all the latest from the world of British tennis.

What happened in British tennis last week?

Starting in Spain, it was another promising week for Dan Evans, whopicked up a couple of important wins at the Mutua Madrid Open.

Evans defeated French star Jeremy Chardy in the opening round for the third time this year, before going on to seal a comeback win over John Millman. The Brit lost the first set tiebreak but dug deep to complete a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3 win – setting up a third round clash with Alexander Zverev.

World No.6 Zverev would deny Evans a spot in the quarter-finals, taking the match 6-3, 7-6 (3). The German went on to defeat Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem on route to lifting the title.

Elsewhere in Madrid it was a tough week for the British doubles stars as Joe Salisbury, Jamie Murray, Neal Skupski and Evans all bowed out in the first round.

After pulling out of Madrid last week, Cam Norrie secured his place in the Rome Masters after battling his way through qualifiers. He defeated Pablo Cuevas and Marco Cecchinato to qualify for the main draw.

Jay Clarke reached the quarter-finals at the Biella Challenger, overcoming Maximillian Marterer in straight sets in round two, before falling to Guido Andreozzi 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

It was another impressive week for Harriet Dart on the ITF Tour at the W100 Charleston. The British No.3 fought her way to the semi-finals, beating second seed Caty McNally and seventh seed Olga Govortsova on the way.

In the semi’s, Dart took the opening set against Claire Liu, but the 20-year-old American battled hard to pull off a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 comeback. Liu would go on to lift the title on the final day.

Over in Ecuador it was a championship weekend for Jodie Burrage, who won her second title of the year in the W25 Salinas doubles.

Burrage – who teamed up with New Zealand’s Paige Hourigan for the first time last week – edged a close final against Jacqueline Awad and Francisco Jorge 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.

18-year-old Greg Slade came incredibly close to claiming his first international wheelchair title at the Vilamoura Open in Portugal. However, Slade and his Brazilian partner Augusto Fernandes narrowly missed out on the quad doubles title after a deciding match tie-break and a 6-2, 5-7, (10-4) loss to Brazilian duo Leandro Pena & Ymanitu Silva.  

Rankings update

Fran Jones reaches a new career high while Dart and Katie Boulter continue to climb the rankings.

Clarke is another riser this week, jumping four places to World No.229.

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Smile if you’re the doubles champions in Salinas


Posts of the week

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Get to know British Paralympian and Grand Slam champion Jordanne Whiley

What’s happening in British tennis this week?

The main draw in Rome kicks off this week, with the world’s top players competing for the Masters title in Italy’s capital. Amongst them is British No.1 Johanna Konta, who faces Jelena Ostapenko in her first match on Tuesday. The pair has faced each other six times in their careers with Konta having won four.

After Evans lost his opening match against Taylor Fritz in Rome, Norrie is the lone Brit in the men’s singles. Looking to build on strong performances in qualifying and Estoril a couple of weeks ago, Norrie starts against Roberto Carballes Baena.

Fifth seeds Salisbury and Rajeev Ram open their doubles campaign in Rome against Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen as they look to build momentum ahead of Roland Garros.

Completing the British contingent are Evans and Skupski - this season’s in form pairing at the ATP Masters events. They play Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop on day two.

In Germany, Lloyd Glasspool teams up with Australian Matt Reid again for the Heilbronn ATP Challenger. The Biella champions will start with a match against Luis David Martinez and David Vega Hernandez.

Dart leads a strong British line up at the W100 Bonita Springs in Florida. The British No.3 is joined by fellow Billie Jean King Cup teammate Katie Swan and Naiktha Bains.

Burrage stays in Ecuador where she will look to defend her doubles title and push for a great run in the singles as well.

Jack Draper looks set to compete in the M25 Prague this week. He’ll be joined by fellow Brits Aidan Mchugh and George Loffhagen.

Making a return to the tour this week, Emma Raducanu is the top seed at the W15 Jerusalem, where she will also be joined by Emily Appleton.

Jan Choinski and Luke Johnson will play in the M15 Troisdorf, while Sarah Beth Grey and Freya Christie line up in the W15 Montasir.

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