British Tennis Round-up: Bedene clinches second Irving title


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Bedene hitting a forehand during the 2017 Australian Open

United States - Irving

Aljaz Bedene clinched his second singles title at the Irving Tennis Classic, becoming the only player to win the tournament twice after claiming his first victory in 2015.

Aljaz resisted a second set comeback from Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin to seal a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win and capture his first title of 2017. The result edges the Brit inside the top 100 once more as he celebrates with a new world ranking of 94.  

United States - Indian Wells

 Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in action at Indian Wells 2017

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares (BRA) continued their impressive run at Indian Wells with a solid 7-6(5), 6-4 quarter-final victory against Jean-Julian Rojer (NED) and Horia Tecau (ROU).

The fourth seeds were denied a spot in the Masters 1000 final after falling to Lukasz Kubot (POL) and Marcelo Melo in a close 6-3, 5-7 [10-5] contest.

United States - Arizona

Lucy Shuker competing at the 2017 Arizona Open

Lucy Shuker triumphed at the Arizona Open, scooping up singles and doubles titles in the ITF 2 series tournament.

The World No.8 and British No.2 upset Dutch top seed Aniek van Koot 6-3, 6-2 in the final to take her second title of the weekend.

The result came after Lucy and her doubles partner Dana Mathewson (USA) defeated American duo Shelby Baron and Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) 6-1, 6-2 to secure a spot in the final. The pair then received a walkover in the final after Katherina Kruger (GER) and Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) had to withdraw due to injury.


Partnered with Spain’s Carlos Gomez-Herrera, Nikki Roenn reached his first Futures final at the Portugal F3 Futures in Loule.

A resilient 7-5, 4-6 [10-7] semi-final win against Brazilian duo Eduardo Dischinger and Alexandre Tsuchiya set up a final against fourth seeds Roberto Ortega-Olmedo and David Vega Hernandez of Spain. Despite a strong effort, Nikki was denied his maiden Futures title after falling 6-4, 7-5.


Dermot Bailey had a successful run at Alpi del Mare, an ITF 3 Series tournament, becoming a doubles finalist with Frederic Cattaneo, of France.

Dermot and Frederic defeated Japanese top seeds Yoshinobu Fujimoto and Kohei Suzuki 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final, but were denied the title after losing to French second seeds David Dalmasso (FRA) and Gaetan Menguy (FRA) 6-3, 6-1. 


Britain performed a hat-trick at the World Schools Tennis Championships in Recife, picking up three medals across the event. Merchiston Castle School scooped silver in the boy’s event with Reed’s School taking the bronze, whilst Queenswood School claimed the bronze award for the girls. 

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