Keeping up with the Brits: 04 October, 2021
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Titles, finals and silver medals – the 2021 season just gets better and better for Britain’s tennis stars. Keep up-to-date on all the latest from the Brits on tour.
What happened in British tennis last week?
Cam Norrie’s incredible 2021 season continued as he reached his fifth final this year at the ATP 250 San Diego. Norrie defeated three top-25 opponents en route to the final, including impressive victories over fellow Brit, Dan Evans, Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov and World No.5 Andrey Rublev.
In the final, Norrie came up against second seed Casper Ruud, who beat Andy Murray earlier in the tournament. Ruud showed his talent in the championship deciding match, beating Norrie 6-0, 6-2, to win his fifth title on the year. Norrie’s results have seen him rise to a new career high of No.26.
Staying in San Diego, Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski are the new men’s doubles champions as they teamed up for the first time since 2018. The British duo came in as the top seeds and lived up to the expectations, blasting their way through the draw before edging a tight 7-6 (2), 3-6, 10-5 win over John Peers and Filip Polasek in the final.
It was a week to remember for the Skupski family as both brothers won ATP doubles titles. Ken Skupski joined up with Jonny O’Mara to claim victory at the Sofia Open defeating the fourth and third seeds to win their first tour-level doubles title as a team. They defeated Philipp Oswald and Oliver Marach 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
In the World Team Cup, Great Britain’s juniors brought home the silver medal after a fantastic week in Sardinia. The team – made up of Ben Bartram, Dahnon Ward, Ruby Bishop and Joshua Johns – beat France, Netherlands, USA and Brazil without dropping a rubber, before losing a close final with Japan 2-1.
The women’s team led by Lucy Shuker, Cornelia Oosthuizen and Abbie Breakwell reached the semi-finals but lost their bronze medal match with the USA, 2-0. The quad team, featuring Antony Cotterill, James Shaw and Greg Slade finished the event in fifth place.
It’s a new career high ranking for Norrie, who jumps up to World No.26 after reaching yet another ATP final last week.
Alastair Gray is another high riser in the ATP rankings, climbing 128 places to World No.591.
In the WTA rankings, the biggest movers this week are Sarah Beth Grey who reaches World No.463 after rising 40 places, and talented junior Mathilda Mutavdic who is up 96 places to No.622.
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What’s happening in British tennis this week?
Indian Wells gets underway this week, with the top players around the world heading to California. US Open champion Emma Raducanu makes her eagerly anticipated return to the tour after receiving a wild card to compete.
She’s joined by Heather Watson in the main draw, while Katie Boulter is in the draw for qualifying.
British No.1 Evans leads a strong British line-up in the men’s draw, which also includes Norrie and wild card Murray.
US Open champions Salisbury and Rajeev Ram will join forces again at Indian Wells, as will runners-up Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who will look to go one step further at the ATP Masters event. Neal skupski, Evans and Norrie make up the rest of the Brits in the men’s doubles draw.