British success at US Open caps off seven pro titles
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Catch up on another busy week on the tennis tours with British players winning titles in all corners of the globe.
Grand Slam winners crowned in New York
The Brits bagged four titles at the US Open – including junior trophies – capping off another brilliant fortnight in New York.
The victories began on Friday night when Joe Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram came from a set down against Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
This is Salisbury and Ram’s third consecutive US Open title – making them the first doubles team to win three on the bounce since 1910.
Salisbury is Great Britain’s most decorated men’s doubles player with four major titles (three US Open and one Australian Open).
This was the first time two British players had faced off in a Grand Slam singles final in the Open Era and is the first time Reid has made the final at the US Open.
Dahnon Ward claimed the US Open junior wheelchair double this year. Starting in the boys’ singles, Ward went one better than his runner-up finish last year to beat junior world No.2 Francesco Felici 6-4, 6-3.
Then in the doubles, Ward teamed up with countryman Joshua Johns to claim a 6-0, 6-3 final victory over Charlie Cooper and Tomas Majetic.
Andy Lapthorne finished runner-up in the quad doubles with Donald Ramphadi, with the British, South African duo missing out on their second Grand Slam title of the year to top seeds Neils Vink and Sam Schroder 6-2, 6-1.
Johnson wins third Challenger title of 2023
Luke Johnson and Liam Broady impressed on the ATP Challenger Tour last week in Turkey and France.
Johnson sealed his third Challenger doubles title of his career at the Istanbul Challenger alongside Tunisia’s Skander Mansouri.
Adding to his trophies in Rome and Oeiras so far this season, Johnson and Masouri defeated third seeds Sander Arends and Aisam Qureshi 7-6(3), 6-3 in the final.
Johnson is now up to world No.125, having risen 90 places since the start of the year.
Broady ended the week as runner-up in the Cassis Challenger with Antonie Hoang, narrowly losing out in the final to top seeds Dan Added and Jonathan Eysseric 6-0, 4-6, 11-9.
The 29-year-old also reached the semi-finals of the singles, here he lost out to Mattia Bellucci 6-3, 6-4.
Four British titles on the ITF Tour
The titles kept on coming on the ITF Tour, with Emily Appleton, Harry Wendelken, Katie Dyson and Oscar Weightman lifting trophies.
Appleton is now up to four ITF doubles titles this year, having captured the W40 Saint-Palais-sur-Mer with Valeriya Strakhova.
The British, Ukranian duo dropped just 17 games throughout the week – finishing with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Victoria Muntean and Vasani Shinde in the final.
21-year-old Wendelken bagged his second career singles title at the M25 Sintra, coming through a trio of three-set contests from the quarters to the final – finishing with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) comeback victory over Jamie Faria.
Dyson lifted the first professional title of her career with Sandra Samir at the W15 Monastir after they beat Kazakh team Zhanel Rusetmova and Aruzhan Sagandikova in the final 6-2, 6-2.
Staying in Monastir, Weightman completed a strong week in Tunisia with the doubles title in the $15k with Niklas Schell.