Keeping up with the Brits: 22 November, 2021


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What happened in British tennis last week?

Joe Salisbury finished his incredible season as runner-up at the Nitto ATP Finals. Salisbury and Rajeev Ram ended the year as the second best team on tour and showed their quality throughout the week, going unbeaten to the final.

There, they met French stars Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who they defeated in the group stages, but the third seeds got their revenge in the final, winning 6-4, 7-6(0).

Jamie Murray and Cam Norrie made up three Brits competing at this year’s finals in Turin – Murray partnering Bruno Soares and Norrie getting the call up after Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled out injured.

Murray and Soares lost a few close battles – including one to Ram and Salisbury – while Norrie was edged in one of the matches of the tournament to Casper Ruud and Novak Djokovic.

In his final preparations for Liam Broady reached the quarter-final at the ATP Challenger in Helsinki.

Beat Zsombor Piros and Joris De Loore in straight sets but lost a close match to former World No.28, Joao Sousa, 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6(1).

There were a couple of British champions in doubles events on the ITF Tours. At the W25 Funchal, Alicia Barnett won her sixth doubles title of the year, partnering Yu-Chieh Hsieh to win a nail-biting final against Ines Murta and Daniela Vismane 6-1, 3-6, 10-8.

Dan Little and Ben Jones completed back-to-back title victories at the M15 Sharm El Sheikh defeating Neil Oberleitner and Volodymyr Uzhylovskyi in the final 6-3, 6-2

Billy Harris made it through to final of the M15 Antalya without dropping a set, but eventually lost in three sets to third seed Daniel Michalski. The result continues his strong form continues – winning in Turkey a couple of weeks ago.

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What’s happening in British tennis this week?

This week kick-starts the Davis Cup Finals by Rakuten, with the British team looking to bring home their 11th title in the World Cup of tennis.

Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, Liam Broady, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski begin their tournament in Group B, with weekend ties against France and Czech Republic. Read our full preview.

In ATP Challenger action in Bari, Jack Draper started his singles campain with straight sets win over Yannick Maden. Next up he’ll play World No. 213 Thomas Fabbiano for a place in the quarter-finals.

Joining Draper in Bari is Lloyd Glasspool, teaming up with Harri Heliovaara as the No.1 seeds in the doubles draw. Their first match is up against Toshihide Matsui and Kaito Uesugi.

Over at the Manama Challenger, Jay Clarke took out Hasan Abdulnabi 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round and will play Matteo Viola next. Meanwhile, Ryan Penniston defeated fourth seed Christopher O’Connell and now moves on to play Geoffrey Blancaneaux.

Shifting over to the ITF Tour, Naiktha Bains is competing in the W100+ Dubai this week, taking on Qinwen Zheng who ranks 145 places higher than the Brit. In the doubles, Eden Silva will partner Bibiane Schoofs.

Jodie Burrage is the top seed at the W25 Milovice, in a draw that also features Sarah Beth Grey. Emily Webley-Smith also lines up in the doubles draw.

Brits in ITF Tour action:

  • M15 Cairo – Jonathan Gray
  • M15 Heraklion – Alastair Gray, Henry Patten, Arthur Fery, Jack Pinnington Jones and Chris Broom
  • M15 Gurugram – Alexis Canter
  • M15 Cancun – Giles Hussey
  • M15 Monastir – Josef Southcombe
  • W15 Monastir – Sonay Kartel and Danielle Daley
  • M15 Antalya – Billy Harris

Nine Brits are on tour this week at the Hulya Avsar Open in Antalya, Turkey, an ITF Futures Series event on the Wheelchair Tour.

  • Men: Ben Bartram, Joshua Johns,  Dahnon Ward
  • Women: Ruby Bishop, Abbie Breakwell
  • Quads: Antony Cotterill, James Shaw, Greg Slade
  • Juniors: Ben, Dahnon, Josh, Abbie and Ruby

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