Keeping up with the Brits: Roland Garros review
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Superstar status unlocked for Alfie Hewett, more doubles success and some rising junior talent. Let’s look back at the best of the Brits from Roland Garros.
What happened in Paris?
During the French fortnight there were plenty of promising displays from the Brits, and where else to start than with Hewett’s heroics.
The 22-year-old had triumphed in the singles event in the French Grand Slam in 2017 but a doubles title had evaded him and partner Gordon Reid despite the fact the pair had reached the final once and semi-final stage twice.
Reid and Hewett, who entered Roland Garros this year having won all three of the other Grand Slams doubles events, were made to work hard in the final by World No.1 Shingo Kunieda and partner Gustavo Fernandez but they eventually won in a championship-deciding tie-break 7-6 1-6 (10-3) to complete their career Grand Slam.
Just 24 hours later Hewett was back in the winner’s circle again, after defeating Belgium’s Joachim Gerard 6-4 4-6 6-3 to complete an outstanding double.
Also impressing in Paris was Andy Lapthorne, who reached the quad final while Jordanne Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji narrowly lost their doubles final in a tie-break against Holland’s Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot.
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski – along with Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram – reached the quarter-final stage of the men’s doubles event, while teenagers Matilda Matzudvic, Arthur Fery and Felix Gill all progressed to the last 16 of junior singles event. Matzudvic and Fery were both beaten by eventual champions Elsa Jacquemont and Dominic Stricker, while Gill was beaten by Leandro Riedi who was also a finalist.
Photo of the week
Double joy for Alfie…
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From Paris with love from Johanna Konta.
Where are the Brits this week?
Back on the road this week are a host of British stars, who after a difficult time on the clay are back in action on their favoured indoor courts.
British Number One Dan Evans faces three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the opening round of the St. Petersburg Open, where he is also teaming up with Luke Bambridge in the doubles event.
Also in action in Russia are Cameron Norrie, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski while Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Dominic Inglot and Ken Skupski are all competing in Cologne in the bett1HULKS Indoors.
Liam Broady is also in action in the Ferrero Challenge Open, while Jay Clarke is competing in the Challenger Lisbon event.
There are also a number of Brits playing in ITF events this week, with the following all making a winning start in their opening matches this week:
Jodie Burrage - W25 Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
Emilie Lindh Gallagher - W15 Sharm El Sheikh
Jasmine Conway - W15 Sharm El Sheikh
Emily Arbuthnott - W15 Sharm El Sheikh
Oscar Weightman - M15 Monastir
Jack Gibbens - M15 Monastir
George Loffhagen - M25+H Rodez