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Jacob Fearnley lifts the Ross Hutchins Trophy at the Rothesay Open Nottingham
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Rothesay Open Nottingham 2024: British qualifier Jacob Fearnley becomes fourth Brit to lift the Ross Hutchins Trophy

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Jacob Fearnley is the new Rothesay Open Nottingham men’s singles champion – crowning off and unbelievable week for the young British star.

The 22-year-old qualifier completed the dream journey to his first ATP Challenger Tour title after beating fellow Brit Charles Broom 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Fearnley is the fourth British player to win the title in Nottingham after Andy Murray (2023), Dan Evans (2019 & 2022) and Greg Rusedski (1997 & 2003).

After defeating Italy’s Mattia Bellucci 6-3, 6-1 in the semi-final earlier in the day, Fearnley returned just a few hours later to defeat Broom in two hours and one minute.

“This is the best tournament I’ve ever played and it was a privilege to play on these grass courts,” Fearnley said. “I want to thank the LTA and the Tournament Director Laura (Robson) for putting on a fantastic event.

“Hopefully I can use this momentum for my upcoming matches. With Wimbledon coming up I’ll get some opportunities and hopefully I can keep this going.”

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The Texas Christian University (TCU) graduate saved four break points in the second set to eventually level the scores on his first and only set point of the match.

Fearnley’s all-round game on the grass has only continued to improve throughout his seven straight wins at the Lexus Nottingham Tennis Centre. The young Brit from Edinburgh served well and looked comfortable moving on the grass in his first tournament back on the surface.

He won the men’s doubles title in Nottingham last year and helped TCU to the NCAA Division I National Championships that experience of performing in the big moments proved vital. Fearnley broke early in the decider to go 4-1 up and at the first chance of asking, served out the victory to love.

Despite finishing runner-up, it was an equally impressive week for Broom. The 26-year-old had the best run of his career and defeated second seed Dan Evans, as well as Britain’s Billy Harris in the semi-finals.

“It’s been a great week,” Broom said. “Going into the first round of qualifying I probably didn’t expect to be here. Hopefully this is just the start for me.”

With Katie Boulter’s victory in the men’s singles – this is only the second time in history that a British player has won the women’s and men’s draws at the same events. The only previous time was in Nottingham 2023 (Boulter and Murray).

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