Kyle Edmund wins Sunderland to take back-to-back Lexus GB Pro Series titles
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The second event of the 2024 LTA Performance Competition Calendar at Silksworth Tennis Centre, Sunderland concluded over the weekend with five Brits in finals action across the W35 and M25 ITF World Tennis Tour events.
Former world No.14 and Australian Open semi-finalist Kyle Edmund won his 10th match in a row, as well as his second singles title in two weeks with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 victory over fellow Brit Hamish Stewart.
“It’s another very positive week for me, it’s the first time in a very long time where I’ve played five matches the week before and the next week played five matches again. It’s given me a lot of confidence in my body, my strength and also my tennis as well” Edmund said.
“It’s always nice to get tournament wins, especially at the start of the year, it gets the rhythm going.”
In the men’s doubles final, Brits David Stevenson and Marcus Willis overcame the fourth seeded French pairing, Dan Added and Clement Chidekh, 6-4, 7-6(6), 19-8. This is the pairs second title win together, and Willis’ 39th ITF doubles title.
The women’s singles final saw a contest between the second seed, 17 year-old Nikola Bartunkova from the Czech Republic against Valentina Ryser, the third seed from Switzerland, who claimed the title winning 6-3, 7-6(6). Ryser only lost one set during the competition.
There was British success in the doubles for Ella McDonald who partnered up with Laura Hietaranta and won the title comfortably 6-4, 6-1 against Julie Belgraver and Katarina Stresnakova. This win marks back-to-back 35k ITF doubles titles for the 18-year-old from Lancashire.
LTA Tournament Director Izzy Reid said: “We’ve had a brilliant week here in Sunderland, with some fantastic tennis and highly competitive matches, and it’s always great to see the Brits do well and drum up some home support. Thank you very much to the venue and wonderful team here at Silksworth for being so accommodating, as well as the hard work of everyone else that worked on the event.”
These international tournaments are part of our Performance Competitions Calendar (PCC) which provides significantly enhanced opportunities for British players at each age and stage of the performance player pathway on home soil.