Keeping up with the Brits: 13 December, 2021
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We may have reached the end of both the ATP and WTA seasons, but the Brits are still enjoying brilliant success on the ITF and Wheelchair tennis tours – here’s your weekly update on all things British tennis.
What happened in British tennis last week?
Billy Harris reached the top 500 in the world for the first time in his career after winning his fourth singles title of the year at the M15 Antalya. World No.483, Harris, has lost just one match in Turkey from the last four events and came into the tournament as the second seed.
Having completed hard fought wins over Arthur Fils and Daniel Cukierman in the quarter and semi-finals, Harris defeated sixth seed Antonio Cayetano March in the final 6-1, 6-4.
The other British champion this week was Stuart Parker, who won his first ITF doubles title at the M15 Montasir.
The 24-year-old partnered with France’s Arthur Bouquier to claim his maiden trophy. The pair defeated top seeds Kirill Kivattsev and Mirko Martinez in the semi-finals 7-6(1), 6-2, before going on to win a close three-set final against Omar Brigida and Alessandro Coccioli.
The last UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour event of 2021 for British players ended with Antony Cotterill and James Shaw finishing runners-up in the quad singles and quad doubles at the ITF3 MTA Open in Antalya.
The fourth tournament in three weeks in Turkey saw top seed Cotterill reach his fourth successive quad singles final. However, as at the previous three tournaments, his hopes of landing the title were ended by Turkish second seed Ugur Altinel, who won their latest decider 6-2, 6-3.
With Saturday’s third and penultimate day of play having been lost to rain, Cotterill and Shaw also had their quad doubles semi-final to play on Sunday’s last day, eventually winning that contest against Japan’s Mika Ishikawa and Germany’s Marcus Laudan 5-7, 7-5, (11-9). However, they the ad to give a walkover in the final to Altinel and Japan’s Kei Usami.
Posts of the week
Congratulations to Emma Raducanu on being nominated for this year's Sports Personality of the Year.
Another huge congrats to former British No.1 Johanna Konta who got married this week.
Pre-season is fully underway for the Brits.
Ready for the 2022 season...
Where are the British stars playing this week?
- M15 Antalya - Billy Harris and Toby Martin (Q)
- M15 Cancun - Giles Hussey (Q)
- M15 Montasir - Stuart Parker and Julian Cash (Q)
- W15 Montasir - Anna Brogan (Q) and Eliz Maloney (Q)
- M15 Doha - Ryan James Storrie