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Julian Cash lifts first ATP title, Alfie Hewett adds fifth trophy in Rotterdam & four Brits win on home soil


Catch up on another action-packed week of British tennis action as Julian Cash achieved a career-first and Alfie Hewett claimed a fifth consecutive title.

Milestones reached in Florida

It was a week to remember for Julian Cash, as the British doubles star won his first ATP Tour title with American doubles star Robert Galloway at the Delray Beach Open.

Rain delays forced their final against fellow Brit Neal Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez to Monday, where Cash and Galloway fought back from a set down to clinch the title 5-7, 7-5, 10-2.

It was fourth times the charm for Cash, who had lost his previous three tour-level finals, with the Brit currently sitting at world No.51 in the ATP doubles ranking.

The biggest title of his career also marked his 30th doubles trophy since 2019 across ITF, ATP Challenger and Tour level.

Hewett retains title in Rotterdam

Alfie Hewett became a five-time ABN AMRO Open singles champion after another flawless week in Rotterdam.

Hewett knocked out fellow Brit and doubles partner Gordon Reid in the semi-final before defeating Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in the final 6-2, 6-3.

This is Hewett’s second singles title of the season and the 59th of his career so far.

Jubb, Willis & Duncan star in Glasgow

On home soil, last week saw British champions at both the Lexus Glasgow Challenger and Lexus GB Pro-Series Roehampton.

Starting off in Glasgow, where four British players made the singles quarter-finals or better, including Paul Jubb, who finished the week as runner-up.

Jubb defeated Wimbledon boys’ champion Henry Searle and Elmar Ejupovic to reach his first ATP Challenger Tour final of the season.

Despite taking an early lead in the final against France’s Clement Chidekh, Jubb eventually lost out 0-6, 6-4, 6-1.

In the doubles however, there was an all-British final, with top seeds Marcus Willis and Scott Duncan defeating Kyle Edmund and Searle 6-3, 6-2 to lift the title.

This was Willis and Duncan’s second ATP Challenger title together after claiming the Maspalomas Challenger trophy last season. The win sees Willis rise to world No.140 and Duncan to No.180 in the ATP doubles rankings.

Watson finishes runner-up as Christie & Murray Sharan take Roehampton title

Heather Watson was the British star of the show in Roehampton last week – finishing a strong week as runner-up in the singles draw of the W50 event.

The 31-year-old reached the final without dropping a set – claiming victories over Viktoria Hruncakova and Antonia Ruzic – but lost to Switzerland’s Lulu Sun 7-5, 7-5 in the title-decider.

Like in Glasgow, there was a British title to celebrate in the doubles as Freya Christie and Sam Murray Sharan closed out the week as champions.

Second seeds Christie and Murray Sharan defeated fellow Brit Ali Collins and Elena Malygina 7-6(5), 6-3 in the final at the National Tennis Centre.

This was Christie’s third consecutive ITF final and her second title of the season. Currently ranked at world No.136, Christie is one of eight Brits inside the WTA doubles top 150.

Clarke continues doubles form

Jay Clarke has got off to an impressive start in 2024. The 25-year-old claimed his second doubles title of the season at the M25 Hammamet over the weekend alongside Sadro Kopp.

Clarke and Kopp completed a perfect week wit a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Corentin Denolly and Damien Wenger in Saturday’s final.

The result comes just a week after he made the singles final at the same event.

Meanwhile, Emily Appleton finished runner-up at the W75 Altenkirchen with Martyna Kubka – losing to Maja Chwalinska and Jesika Maleckova in the final 6-3, 6-3.

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