Rothesay Open Nottingham 2023: Jacob Fearnley & Johannus Monday lift first ATP Challenger title
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Jacob Fearnley and Johannus Monday etched their names in Rothesay Open Nottingham history in becoming the latest team to lift the men’s doubles title at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Fearnley and Monday become the third all-British pair to win the title in its current format (Neal Skupski & Ken Skupski 2017; Jonny O’Mara & Ken Skupski 2022).
Fearnley and Monday recently finished the US collegiate season ranked in the top 20 players in the nation and will now benefit from the ATP Collegiate Accelerator Programme.
“Honestly, I don’t know what to say right now,” said Monday after winning the first Challenger doubles title of his career.
“We were pretty happy to come through the first round the other day so to stand here victorious today is something we didn’t really even think about. It feels pretty good right now.
“The crowd were amazing – we don’t often get to play in front of crowds like these so that was pretty amazing. It was a great match that could have gone either way, and it was just great to be a part of.”
Until today, O’Mara and Broady had been unbeaten on grass in their brief spell as doubles partners and captured their first title in Surbiton last week. After a nail-biting end to a great final, O’Mara said: “Well done to the lads, they were the better team today – the boys did really well. It’s always so much fun playing in Nottingham, I’ve been here for four, five years here and it’s always one of the best events on tour.”