Lexus British Open 2023: Ben Bartram claims first main draw singles victory
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Ben Bartram has made a dream start at the Lexus British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships after clinching his first men’s singles victory in the ITF Super Series event against France’s Nicolas Charrier.
The British star defeated Charrier 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 9 minutes to check off a milestone in the 18-year-old’s career.
“I'm happy with the way that I played,” said Bartram after his first round win. “It’s my first hard court match in quite a while so it took a couple of games to get used to it again, but I'm happy with the way that I'm playing going forward into the next round.”
The young Brit had to battle not only the world No.33 but also heavy winds at the Lexus Nottingham Tennis Centre.
“I felt like I coped with the conditions well. I kept my margins very high and I gave myself a good chance with my serve and my return to just get into the point and then build from there.”
Bartram will move on to face second seed Gustavo Fernandez in the second round. Fernandez is a former champion at the British Open – claiming the singles title back in 2017 – and is looking to add a second ITF Super Series trophy of the season after winning the French Riviera Open in June.
The two have faced each other only once before in Sardinia last year, where Fernandez won 6-3, 6-0.
Lapthorne moves on to face fourth seed Heath Davidson, while Reid will face cinch Championships title winner, Joachim Gerard, in the quarter-finals.
British quad No.1 Lapthorne was pleased to get off to a strong start in Nottingham. "Really good to get through the first match. Obviously defending champion this year so it’s nice to get off to a winning start and to win in straight sets is always key.
The same again. Try and come out and be positive and play attacking tennis by going for my shots. That’s what I did last year in the final and that’ll be the approach this year."