Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram bag third title of the season; Julian Cash, Maia Lumsden & Charles Broom amongst British champions on tour
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Get the latest from our tennis stars on the ATP, WTA and ITF tours as Joe Salisbury headed up nine British titles last week.
Salisbury crowned champion in Vienna for third time
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram set themselves up for a strong end to the season by clinching a 12th ATP title together at the Erste Open in Vienna.
Salisbury continued his incredible record in Austria with a third trophy at the Erste Open in the last six years.
The second seeds came through three match tie-breaks in their four matches in Vienna. Salisbury and Ram knocked out 2022 Roland Garros champions Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-6, before moving on to defeat American duo Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 6-4, 5-7, 12-10 in Sunday’s final.
Salisbury and Ram have qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for a fifth consecutive year. The Finals are set for 12-19 November in Turin, Italy.
Cash adds to his Challnger title tally
Julian Cash made his fourth successive doubles final last week – teaming up with India’s Yuki Bhambri to win the Brest Challenger title.
Cash added a 14th ATP Challenger trophy to his name having come through a close final with previous partner Robert Galloway and Albano Olivetti 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-5.
The 27-year-old British star has now equalled his career-high ranking at world No.48.
Heather Watson also made the final of the WTA 125 Challenger final in Tampico with American Sabrina Santamaria.
The top seeds eased into the final with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over fourth seeds Jessie Aney and Sofia Sewing, but eventually finished runners-up to Kamilla Rakhimova and Anastasia Tikhonova 7-6(5), 6-2.
Lumsden & Broom headline ITF success
On to the ITF Tours – the W60 and M25 events at Glasgow’s Scotstoun Sports Centre had British champions in both doubles tournaments.
Lumsden has won six doubles trophies in a breakout season that has seen her rise into the top 100 for the first time in her career.
In the men’s event Finn Bass and Millen Hurrion defeated George Houghton and Hamish Stewart in the final 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-6.
It marks Bass’s first title of the season and the biggest trophy of both player’s careers.
Anton Matusevich closed out the week as runner-up in the M25 Glasgow. The 22-year-old had led Alexander Blockx by a set in the final, but eventually lost 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Over in Canada, it was a fantastic week for Charles Broom who won the singles title and finished runner-up in the doubles at the M25 Saint-Augustin.
Broom reached the final without losing a set, where he then came from behind to beat top seed Aziz Dougaz 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2. A standout win for the 25-year-old sealed the biggest title of his career to date.
Britain’s Emile Hudd added a fourth ITF doubles title to his name at the M15 Tallahassee with Patrick Maloney. Hudd and Maloney knocked out fourth seeds Thomas Brown and Axel Nefve 6-3, 6-3 in the final.
Shuker lifts fourth doubles title of the year
Lucy Shuker’s impressive doubles form this season continued at the ITF 1 Catalonia Open, where she clinched a fourth title of the season with Argentina’s Maria Florencia Moreno.
The second seeds had the perfect response to losing a first set tie-break in the final against Pauline Deroulede and Emmanuelle Morch – coming back to beat the French team 6-7(3), 7-5, 10-4.
The British No.1 will now stay in Barcelona for the prestigious Wheelchair Masters event.
There were British champions in the quad draws at the Abingdon Futures Wheelchair tournaments last week. Oliver Cox finished the week as champion in the round-robin group, while Richard Green and Gary Cox lifted the doubles title.