British Tennis Round-up: Joe Salisbury claims first ATP World Tour title
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Britain’s Joe Salisbury claimed his maiden title on the ATP World Tour as he partnered Japan’s Ben McLachlan to victory at the Shenzhen Open.
Salisbury and McLachlan went into Shenzhen as top seeds and the billing was well deserved as they edged past fourth-seeded pair Robert Lindstedt and Rajeev Ram in Sunday’s final 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
Shenzhen marks the first time Salisbury and McLachlan had teamed up as a partnership and caps an impressive spell for the Brit, who reached the semi-finals of this year’s men’s doubles event at Wimbledon.
The in-form team of Jonny O'Mara and Luke Bambridge added to British doubles success with victory over Yannick Maden and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn in the final of the Orleans ATP Challenger.
The British duo saw off compatriots Ken and Neal Skupski in the semi-finals before defeating Germany's Maden and Austria's Weissborn in Sunday's final, cruising to take the title with a 6-2, 6-4 sweep.
Gordon Reid claimed his third men's singles title of 2018 with victory at the ITF 2 Series French Riviera Open, where he also won the men's doubles title. After being edged out in a final set tie-break in last year's singles final by Frenchman Nicolas Peifer, Reid returned the compliment this year. Three straight sets wins saw top seed Reid through to Saturday's final before he fought back to defeat Peifer 2-6 6-0, 7-6(3).
Reid also partnered Spain's Daniel Caverzaschi to win the men's doubles in their first tournament together. Third seeds Reid and Caverzaschi beat both top seeded pairings on their way to the title, ending with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over top seeds Tom Egberink and Peifer.
Great Britain's men's deaf tennis team excelled to win the silver medal in the Dresse Cup, the men's competition, at the World Deaf Tennis Team Championships.
Having finished top of their round-robin group with 2-1 victories over second seeds Germany, third seeds Austria, India and Hungary, Esah Hayat and Lewis Fletcher earned another win in a deciding doubles rubber to defeat Japan 2-1 in Friday's semi-finals. With a second meeting with Germany in Saturday's final, 16-year-old Hayat finished the event unbeaten in his six singles rubbers, but ultimately Germany's Urs Breitenberger and and Hans Toedter had the edged in the doubles decider to beat beat Fletcher and Hayat 6-4, 7-5.
The Brits were out in force for the Great Britain F6 Futures in Barnstaple, with Mark Whitehouse claiming the singles title and the young duo of Aidan McHugh and James Story lifting the doubles trophy in the South West.
On the back of her seventh women's singles title at the PTR Championships on Hilton Head Island in USA, Lucy Shuker's bid for her fifth Tennis Canada International title ended in the British No.1 finishing runner-up on Sunday. Shuker dropped just three games on he way to the final, but her title ambitions came to end against Japanese second seed Manami Tanaka, the player she'd beaten a week earlier in the final in the UAA. Tanaka won their latest final 6-4, 6-2.
Great Britain claimed an impressive haul of 15 medals at the ITF Super Seniors World Individual Championships in Umag, Croatia last week.
The British medal-count stood at one gold (Chris Ornstien in the Men's 70s doubles), two silver (Marjory Love & Rosemary Wilson in the Women's 65s Doubles Lillian Geey, and Godfrey Evans in the Mixed 65 doubles), and 12 bronze. The full list of medal winners can be found here.