British Tennis Round-up: Draper secures second successive Futures title
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Hot on the heels of winning his first Futures title, Jack Draper maintained his form going into a GB Pro-Series tournament in Roehampton to clinch a second successive title.
After triumphing in Nottingham last week, the 2018 Wimbledon boys’ singles finalist enjoyed another strong week as a wild card and dropped just one set en route to lifting the trophy.
Draper now stands as the only 16-year-old in the world’s Top 1000 and is set to move up to around world No.620 next week when the rankings are updated.
In doubles, James Story and Connor Thomson made the final but narrowly missed out on the title after falling 7-6(5), 6-7(2), [10-5] to Antoine Bellier and Baptiste Crepatte.
Ken and Neal Skupski reached their third ATP World Tour final as a doubles team whilst competing at the Moselle Open in Metz. The brothers dug deep to defeat Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, [10-5] in the semi-final, but were denied the title after falling 6-1, 7-5 to French top seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
United States – Lubbock
Naomi Broady teamed up with Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska to triumph at a $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Lubbock, Texas. The pair overcame Vladica Babic and Hayley Carter 3-6, 6-2, [10-8] in the final to lift the title.
Samantha Murray achieved the same feat whilst playing at a $25,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Lisbon with Finnish partner Emma Laine. The duo defeated Michaella Krajicek and Tereza Martincova 7-5, 6-4 to become doubles champions.
Doubles delight continued Down Under as Evan Hoyt partnered America’s Dusty Boyer to win a $25,000 Futures tournament in Cairns. The pair defeated Australians Jacob Grills and Calum Puttergill 6-2, 7-5 in the final.
There was also singles success for Brydan Klein who finished runner-up. Klein battled back from a set down to defeat Australian top seed Jeremy Beale in the semi-final, but fell in three sets to home favourite Jacob Grills.
Aleksandra and Katarzyna Pitak won a $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Batumi. The pair were up 6-0, 4-1 in the final before their opponents Aleksandra Kuznetsova and Gyulnara Nazarova retired.
Anna Popescu partnered Venezuela’s Nadia Echeverria Alam to finish doubles runners-up at a $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Monastir. Seeded first, the pair defeated Britain’s Danielle Daley and her Russian partner Daria Kazantseva 7-6(3), 6-1 in their final-four clash, but fell in straight sets to Italians Martina Biagianti and Claudia Giovine in the final.
Andy Lapthorne, Antony Cotterill and Gordon Reid made it a hat-trick of trophies at the Sardinia Open.
Lapthorne defeated Donald Ramphadi of South Africa 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to win the quad singles and collected a second title by winning the quad doubles with Cotterill, while Reid teamed up with Belgium’s Joachim Gerard to win the wheelchair doubles. He also reached the final of the singles without dropping a set, before he fell 6-4, 6-1 to France’s Stephane Houdet.
Find out more with the Tennis Foundation’s report.
United States – Hilton Head
Lucy Shuker justified top seeding to claim the women's singles title at the Hilton Head $22,000 Championships for a seventh time since 2009.
Shuker fought past third seed Natalia Mayara of Brazil 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-finals, before going on to defeat second seed Manami Tanak of Japan 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the final.
Great Britain sported four medal-winning teams at the ITF Super Seniors World Championships in Umag, with Gold for Women's 75s, Silver for Women's 80s, and Bronze for Women's 65s and Men's 85s.
Photo by Ray Giubilo, ITF
The Women's 75s team, formed of Frances MacLennan, Jenny Waggott, Felicity Thomas and Jacqueline Boothman, triumphed by defeating Germany, France and then USA in the final to end their eight-year dominance.
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