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Draft your own Battle of the Brits squad

The British Bulldogs and Union Jacks put on a show at last week's St James's Place Battle of the Brits Team Tennis, with both teams battling hard all the way through to the deciding match. But which stars impressed you the most throughout the week and who would you want to pick for your Battle of the Brits squad?

From your singles superstar to the best rising talent - draft your ultimate British squad and be sure to share your team with us on Twitter, tagging @the_LTA and using #BattleOfTheBrits. 

 

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Raducanu driving forward with Bulldog spirit, looks to model herself on Halep & Li Na

Epitomising that Bulldog spirit, 17-year-old Emma Raducanu seems to be taking everything this event is throwing at her and playing tug-of-war with it right back!

From beating the more experienced Katie Boulter, going toe-to-toe with her in heavy ground-strokes and aggression, to whipping down a win over former World No. 1 Andy Murray, partnering Jodie Burrage in the mixed doubles, she kept on rolling with a win over Burrage – her second in three meetings.

From the youthful joy of managing to get her driving licence just before lockdown to working hard on her punchy forehand, the results have been impressive in the British Tour winning the first final and is currently on a 6-match winning streak in singles.

Watching her handling the matches with maturity it is difficult to remember we are looking at the youngest player on the board – she has been playing catching on her Maths and Economic A-levels and just managed to sneak in getting her driving licence before the world shut down.

Citing Simona Halep and Li Na as her influences, Raducanu knows where she wants to be and more importantly how to get there.

“I've got quite a few years ahead of me and I want to start playing how I want to picture myself in a couple of years.

“I want to be athletic like Halep. I feel like I've got quite a good base right now but a lot to improve on and also Li Na - I'm a massive fan of her game. She's got such powerful strokes. She went for everything and also she was very athletic in a more aggressive way. I loved her mentality, she never complained. That's something I aspire to be like.”

After a slow start, the Bulldogs have been running rampant, so was all the talk of being underdogs just mind-games on the part of team-captains Leon Smith and Anne Keothavong?

 

Laughing, she said: "We definitely are the underdogs on paper especially but I back us, every single player. The closeness that we have with each other and the support that we're giving each other, just clutching those tie-breaks especially so I'm really pleased and hopefully the bulldogs can keep going."

Another 15 points will be up for grabs tomorrow, but the Bulldogs do not look like letting up with their vice-like grip.

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Formats, rules and scoring confirmed for Battle of the Brits Team Tennis

With the St James’s Place Battle of the Brits Team Tennis tournament taking place next week fans are eagerly anticipating seeing their favourite British stars back on court. With the top men’s and women’s players coming together for this unique team event, find out more about the format of the tournament, its rules and scoring.

Event Outline

Over the course of the week there will be 60 matches in total – 40 singles and 20 doubles matches. Players from the Union Jacks and British Bulldogs will face off across the 7 days to gain points for their team, with the first team to reach 60 points being crowned the eventual champions. That means that every match counts and throughout the event individual matches will be worth between 1 and 5 points.

But no two matches are the same and as the week progresses the stakes will only get higher, with points available per match increasing each day. This will eventually build up to a ‘Super Sunday’ where there will be 10 matches with a total of 29 points up for grabs.

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You can see a full breakdown of the points available below.

Team Selection

Each team member must be nominated for 2 matches across the week. The first match must be between Monday and Wednesday, and the second between Thursday and Sunday.

Players can only play a maximum of 2 matches per day, but can only compete in 1 match of any discipline – Singles, Doubles and Mixed.

Teams must make their nominations for the next day’s play by 7:00pm each day.

How will matches be scored?

Singles matches will be played as a best of 3 sets format, with Ad scoring and a 10pt match tie-breaks. Changeover times will be 60 seconds with 120 seconds at the end of sets.

Doubles matches will also be scored as a best of 3 sets but without Ad scoring. They will also have a 10pt match tie-break at 1 set all and changeover time will be 45 seconds with 90 seconds at the end of sets.

Points breakdown

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Women's Singles 1pt

Women's Singles 1pt

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 1pt

Women's Singles 1pt

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 1pt

Women's Singles 1pt

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 1pt

Men's Singles 1pt

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 2pts

Men's Singles 1pt

Women's Singles 3pts

Men's Singles 1pt

Men's Singles 2pts

Men's Singles 1pt

Men's Singles 1pt

Men's Singles 2pts

Men's Singles 2pts

Women's Singles 3pts

Men's Singles 1pt

Mens Singles 3pts

Men's Singles 2pts

Men's Singles 1pt

Men's Singles 2pts

Mens singles 3pts

Men's Singles 2pts

Men's Singles 1pt

Mixed Doubles 1pt

Mixed Doubles 1pts

Men's Singles 1pt

Men's Doubles 2pts

Women's Doubles 2pts

Men's Singles 2pts

Men's Doubles 2pts

Mixed Doubles 2pts

Mixed Doubles 2pts

Women's Doubles 2pts

mixed doubles 3pts

Men's Doubles 2pts

Men's Singles 3pts

Mixed Doubles 2pts

Women's Doubles 2pts

Men's Doubles 3pts

Men's Doubles 2pts

Mixed Doubles 3pts

Mixed Doubles 3pts

Men's Singles 3pts

Mixed Doubles 3pts

 

 

Mixed Doubles 3pts

 

 

Mixed Doubles 4pts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Doubles 5pts

        13pts

      13pts

      15pts

      15pts

         17pts

           17pts

29pts

 

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British Tour: Week 4 - match updates

Lily Miyazaki

Highlights

  • Charles Broom crowned men's singles champion after winning 7-6 6-1 against Henry Patten
  • Lily Miyazaki completes her excellent run at the British Tour beating Grace Piper 6-0 6-2 in the final
  • No.1 seeds Miyazaki & Appleton win the LTA FAST4 doubles title with 4-1 4-3 win over Spink & Staff
  • Prashanth & Sharan take home men's doubles title with 4-2 4-1 victory over Peniston & Stevenson
  • Lloyd Glasspool withdraws from semi-final with injury
  • Watch all the men's and women's singles matches live on YouTube

Day 4 Updates

Women's Singles

It was an early start on finals day on the 4th week of the LTA's British Tour, as the players prepared themselves to compete for glory in both the women's and men's singles events. First match on Centre Court, and competing to become the women's champion, was No.1 seed Lily Miyazaki against last week's Progress Tour Women's Championships Division 1 winner, Grace Piper. Both had looked impressive in the semi-final and the stage was set for a big finale.

But it was clear from the off that there was only going to be one winner in this match. Miyazaki has had a very strong week, winning each of her matches convincingly and it was clear that she had found her top gear in the final. She raced out to a 3-0 lead and despite Piper's efforts to get back into the set, narrowly missing out on break point opportunities, Miyazaki sealed the first set 6-0. 

In the second set it was clear that Piper was starting to find her game a bit more - competing better in the longer rallies and managing to hold her nerve on serve. However, it all came slightly too late for Piper as Miyazaki swept the second as well to clinch the title with a 6-0 6-2 win.

Men's Singles

The men's final had shaped up to be an especially intriguing match-up after the results in the semi's. Henry Patten had shown incredible mental strength to come from behind and edge the match 12-10 in the match tie-break, whereas as Charles Broom came into the final well-rested after his opponent withdrew from the draw.

The match started very tightly, both players serving well and trading service games back and fourth until eventually we reached a tie-break. Familiar territory for Patten after his win yesterday, but this time his opponent proved too strong. Broom picked up an early advantage and with that secured the first set 7-6.

With that tie-break win momentum completely shifted in favour of Broom. He was able to take his game to another level and that extra days rest appeared to pay off as he wasted no time in winning the second set 6-1 and with that, becoming the Week 4 men's singles champion.

Doubles

Once the singles champions had been crowned, it was time to for the men's and women's LTA FAST4 doubles tournaments to get underway. Fresh off her earlier win, Lily Miyazaki was back in action with her partner Emily Appleton and was yet again the No.1 seed in the competition. Whilst many might have thought she could suffer from a bit of fatigue, Miyazaki showed no signs of letting up and combined with a string of great performances from Appleton, took the title after beating Spink & Staff in the final.

On the men's side, there were a number of really close match-ups all through the tournament. Eventual finalists Ryan Peniston and David Stevenson were taken to match tie-breaks in both their quarter-final and semi-final matches, narrowly edging their opponents on both occassions. But yet again, it was the No.1 seeds Vjiay Sundar Prashanth & Divij Sharan who took home the title after impressing throughout the tournament leading up to a 4-2, 4-1 win in the final.

Day 3 Updates

Women's Singles

Over the past 4 weeks the British Tour has brought copious amounts of drama and excitement and today's semi-finals were no different. The day kicked off with the No.1 seed Lily Miyazaki up against an in-form Holly Staff in what promised to be an intriguing match-up. It was Miyazaki who got off to a strong start, picking up an early break and eventually clinching the first set. Despite Staff's best efforts to get back into the match, Miyazaki proved why she was the top seed and powered through to a 6-2, 6-2 win.

In the second semi-final there was a repeat of last week's final in the Progress Tour Women's Championships Division 1 singles, as Grace Piper took on Emma Wilson. This encounter was just as close as the last - after Piper edged a first set tie-break, Wilson put on a brilliant display to win the second 6-2. Once again the two were locked in a match tie-break and just like last week, it was Piper who took the win 10-3 at the death.

Men's Singles

The day started with the very unfortunate news that No.1 seed Lloyd Glasspool was forced to withdraw from the tournament with injury - meaning that Charles Broom recieved a walkover into the final.

All eyes then turned to the other men's semi-final, which saw Barnaby Smith take on Henry Patten. Both players have been in fine form all week and showed no signs of slowing down in this one. There was barely anything to split between the two players, with but after a hard-fought first set it was advantage Smith, eventually taking in 6-4. With even more long rallies and close points in the second we were heading to a tie-break. It came down to the wire but Patten clawed his was back into the match and forced a final match tie-break. Here Patten proved his mental strength yet again and sealed the win 12-10 to progress to tomorrow's final. 

Day 2 Updates

Barnaby Smith

Women’s Singles

Grace Piper will be hoping for back to back British Tour titles, entering the weekend in strong form after a convincing 6-2, 6-0 victory over Victoria Allen. She will face Emma Wilson in the semi-final, who also won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 over Katherine Barnes.

Lily Miyazaki, who is set to drop a set in the tournament, didn’t drop a game against Annali Olivelle winning 6-0, 6-0 on court 1 earlier. Completing the women’s singles semi-final line-up is Holly Staff who overcame a second set comeback by Amelia Rajecki to win 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 to seal her spot.

Men’s Singles

Barnaby Smith was the first man safely through to the weekend, after defeating Sean Hodkin on court 1 at the National Tennis Centre. Facing Smith will be Henry Patten who knocked out second seed Aidan McHugh 7-5, 7-5. Henry won after an epic, after breaking late in the first and second set, winning his 7th match point. 

Charles Broom continued his good form, winning 6-3, 6-3 against Daniel Little to make the final four in the men's singles competition. Lloyd Glasspool completed the semi-final line-up after defeating Vjiay Sundar Prashanth 6-2, 6-2 in the final match of the day. 

Day 1 Updates

Day 1 in the fourth week of the British Tour kicked off with No.1 seed Lily Miyazaki sailing into the second round after beating Arabella Moen 6-3, 6-0. The seeded players continued to show their strength on Centre Court, with Victoria Allen & Aidan McHugh progressing in straight sets. Lloyd Glasspool had to comeback from a set down against Isaac Stoute, winning 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.

In the final match of the day, Barnaby Smith showed real grit to bounce back from losing the opening set on a tiebreak, by pivotally breaking late in the second and then winning a match tie break to progress 6-7(1), 6-4, 10-3 against David Fox.

Elsewhere there were upsets for Emma Wilson, who won 6-4, 7-6(5) over 3rd seed Anna Popescu and Holly Staff who defeated Andre Lukosiute 4th seed, 7-5, 7-6 (9.) The other standout match on court 1, was Vijay Sundar Prashanth’s epic fight back against George Houghton, who won 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 on a match tie break.

The action on day 2 kicks off at 11 AM at the National Tennis Centre with all women’s singles quarter-finals, followed by the men’s matches in the afternoon.

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