August players of the month announced
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The votes are in and now it’s time to unveil the British tennis players of the month for August 2023.
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Men’s player of the month – Dan Evans
What a month for British No.2 Dan Evans, who won the biggest title of his career at the ATP 500 Washington.
After losing his opening set against Gregoire Barrere in the first round, Evans went on to win 10 sets in a row to complete the biggest win of his career. In the quarter-finals he knocked out world No.10 Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 7-5 before taking out world No.20 Grigor Dimitrov in the semis.
With the title on the line, Evans held his nerve through rain delays to beat Dutch star Tallon Griekspoor 7-5, 6-3.
A career-best title was met with a new career-high ranking as Evans soared to world No.21 for the first time.
Women’s player of the month – Katie Boulter
Katie Boulter is relishing her time as British No.1 and continues to power up the WTA rankings with some impressive performances.
In August, she qualified for her first WTA 1000 main draw at the Western & Southern Open, with wins over Miriam Bugaru and Marinia Bassols Ribera in qualifiers, before knocking out Rebecca Marino in the first round. Boulter lost to Coco Gauff in the second round, but her results have seen her climb to another career-high ranking at world No.60.
Her ranking rise over the past few months meant that she got direct entry to the US Open for the first time in her career.
Doubles player of the month – Joe Salisbury
Joe Salisbury returned to the US hard court swing with a bang, as he and Rajeev Ram made their fifth ATP Masters final together at the National Bank Open in Toronto.
Salisbury and Ram beat Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, as well as Max Purcell and Andrey Rublev in match tie-breaks, before knocking out German duo Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
However, they eventually finished runner-up to Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer having lost 6-1, 6-3 in the championship decider.
Salisbury’s form would stand him in good stead as the British, American duo went in search of a third US Open title in a row. Something tells us he might get a nomination for this award for September as well…
Wheelchair player of the month – Alfie Hewett
Alfie Hewett finished August undefeated in both singles and doubles, with a brace of titles at the Lexus British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
Hewett was the dominant force at the ITF Super Series event at the Lexus Nottingham Tennis Centre. The world No.2 put in one of the best performances of his career to beat Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in the final 6-0, 6-2 to lift his second British Open title.
Hewett then joined forces with fellow Brit Gordon Reid to be crowned doubles champion for a third time, thanks to a 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 win over Martin De La Puente ad Gustavo Fernandez.