Dan Evans, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid lead 11 British titles in sensational week
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What a week it’s been for the British tennis stars – lifting 11 titles in Washington, Nottingham, Roehampton and beyond. Read about all the British successes in the last week.
Evans seals Citi Open title
British No.2 Dan Evans clinched the biggest title of his career in an impressive week at the Citi Open.
Evans – who has now reached a new career high ranking at world No.21 – defeated second seed Frances Tiafoe and fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to book his place in his first ATP 500 final.
The 33-year-old went on to beat Dutch star Tallon Griekspoor 7-5, 6-3 in the Washington final as he sealed the second ATP title of his career – his previous trophy coming in Melbourne 2021.
Evans is the first Brit to win the Citi Open since his boyhood idol Tim Heman back in 2003.
Brits dominate at wheelchair events in Nottingham
The Lexus British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships sparked more British success last week, with Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid lifting titles.
Hewett won the ITF Super Series singles crown for the second time in three years at the Lexus Nottingham Tennis Centre. After coming through a three-set thriller against Stephane Houdet 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in the quarter-final, Hewett went on to defeat third seed Martin De la Puente 6-2, 6-2 in the semis.
The world No.2 played what he described as one of the best performances of his career in the final against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard – blitzing past the fourth seed 6-0, 6-2 to win the title.
Hewett was also victorious in the men’s doubles alongside Reid as they won their 43rd title together and third Lexus British Open with a 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 triumph over De la Puente and Gustavo Fernandez.
Britain’s Lucy Shuker finished the week as runner-up in the women’s doubles with Dana Matthewson – the British, American duo lost to Diede de Groot and Jiske Griffioen in the final 6-3, 6-2.
It was a clean sweep at the Nottingham Futures event that took place alongside the Lexus British Open, with Abbie Breakwell and Andrew Penney wining the singles and doubles.
Breakwell beat Yuma Takamuro 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(3) in the women’s singles title and teamed up with Ruby Bishop to seal the doubles crown against Lucy Folland and Takamuro, 6-4, 6-4.
Penney built on his British Open Juniors title last year by defeating fellow Brit Joshua Johns 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the men’s singles final. Joining forces with Mark Langveld he completed the double with a 7-6(10), 4-6, 15-13 win over top seeds Johns and Asif Abbasi.
Completing the list of British successes, Dan Pennington-Bridges claimed the quad doubles title alongside Israel's Elay Chayot after the pair defeated Fricis Gustavs Alliks and Alessandro Ciriello 6-0, 6-0 in the final.
Dunne & Loffhagen headline ITF titles
There were more British champions crowned on home soil this week at the W25 Foxhills and M25 Roehampton ITF World Tennis Tour events.
28-year-old Katy Dunne proved the star of the show in Foxhills, winning her ninth career singles title.
The unseeded Brit beat Olivia Lincer, Martyna Kubka, second seed Joanna Garland and third seed Destanee Aiava without dropping a set to reach Saturday’s final. With the title on the line, Dunne finished the job with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over 19-year-old Australian Talia Gibson.
In Roehampton, Rothesay Open Nottingham quarter-finalist George Loffhagen claimed his third title of the season after a strong week in the capital.
Loffhagen beat Brits Toby Samuel and George Houghton in the quarter and semi-finals, before taking the title with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Luke Simkiss.
There were also British champions in the doubles as top seeds Charles Broom and Houghton overcame fellow countrymen Emile Hudd and Johannus Monday 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 in the final.
Over in Spain, there was also a first career title for Giacomo Revelli in the M15 Xativa doubles. Revelli and Spain’s Jorge Plans won a close final against Britain’s Felix Mischker and Raffaello Papajcik 6-7(7), 7-6(4), 10-5.