British Tennis News

Daniel Cox wins the Men’s Singles title in the opening LTA Performance Competition of 2022

The opening M25 and W25 competitions of the enhanced 2022 LTA Performance Calendar culminated over the weekend with a number of Brits in action in semi-finals and finals.

Bath University held the first of 15 performance competitions scheduled in Britain for both men and women. These competitions are in addition to the grass court season playing opportunities already in place.

Several British players performed well in Bath, with a review of the biggest wins from last week available to read here.

Daniel Cox edged a close all-British final against Charles Broom to secure a straight sets win. The 31-year-old won 6-4,7-6 (5) to claim his 16th professional title. Cox saw off Felix Gill in the semi-final, with Gill forced to retire, an unfortunate end to an otherwise excellent tournament for Gill. Broom won his semi-final in straight sets against fellow Brit Jon Choinski.

Charles Broom and his doubles partner Alastair Gray did secure the doubles title with a 6-2,6-2 win against the top seeded pairing of Luke Johnson and Guy Den Ouden.

In the ladies draw Eliz Maloney enjoyed her best week on the Pro-Series circuit, reaching her first W25 final. The 21-year-old, who defeated number eight seed Elena Malygina from Estonia on her way through to the final, won her semi-final against Gabriela Andrea Knutson in straight sets, before losing to the number six seed Caijsa Wilda Hennemann from Sweden in the final on Sunday. Hennemann won through to the final after defeating Freya Christie in three sets in a hard fought semi-final.

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Hennemann teamed up with Malygina on Saturday to win the Ladies doubles, defeating Britain’s Emily Webley-Smith and Arina Gabriela Vasilescu from Romania in the final.

Players will now enjoy a week off before the start of the next ITF World Tennis Tour events held at Loughborough University between 24-30 January, providing British players with another opportunity to earn international ranking points on home soil.  

All the results from Bath can be viewed by clicking below

Click here to read the full announcement on the LTA Competitions Calendar and visit this page to see the list of competitions covering each area of the pathway.

Keeping up with the Brits: 17 January, 2022

Talk about a busy week for Britain’s tennis stars – it’s been all go Down Under as well as closer to home, in Italy and Bath. Get the latest on the key highlights from a week of four titles and eight British runners-up.

What happened in British tennis last week?

ATP Sydney Tennis Classic

Andy Murray’s return to the top of the game took another significant step forward last week as he finished runner-up at the Sydney Tennis Classic.

Wins over World No.23 Nikoloz Basilashvili, David Goffin and Reilly Opelka propelled the former World No.1 into his 69th career ATP final and his first since 2019.

In the final he faced top seed Aslan Karatsev – who beat Dan Evans in a close three-set semi-final. Karatsev saved his best performance of the week for the final and despite a gutsy fight from Murray, the Russian claimed the title 6-3, 6-3.

ATP Adelaide

It’s two titles in two weeks for Neal Skupski and his new men’s doubles partner, Wesley Koolhof, as they finished the week as champions in Adelaide.

Still undefeated as a pair, the British, Dutch duo didn’t lose a set as they stormed on to victory in their last preparations for the Australian Open this week.

After comfortably defeating second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the semi-finals, they faced their toughest challenge in the final against Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar. After edging the opening tie-break Skupski and Koolhof took control, winning the match 7-6(5), 6-4.

ATP Challenger Forli

20-year-old Jack Draper won his first career ATP Challenger title in Italy this week, in a tournament dominated by British stars including Jay Clarke, Paul Jubb and Aidan McHugh.

Draper put in a series of commanding wins in the opening rounds – including a 6-0, 6-1 demolition against World No.296 Luca Nardi – before beating Zsombor Piros in the semi-finals.

Draper faced fellow Brit Clarke in the final in only the fifth all-British clash in the final of a Challenger event.

Third seed Clarke also impressed throughout the competition and came into the final having already beaten another countryman, Jubb, in the quarter-finals.

But there could only be one winner and on the day, Draper showed that extra quality, dropping only three games en route to a 6-3, 6-0 final victory.

Australian Open qualifiers

Harriet Dart and Liam Broady both came through qualifiers for the 2022 Australian Open last week. Dart – who reached the main draw for the third time in four years – beat Australia’s Kimberly Birrell in her final match 6-3, 6-3.

Broady progressed to his first Australian Open main draw with an inspired comeback against Roman Safiullin. The Brit was a set an 5-3 down before turning the match on its head to win 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2.

M25 / W25 Bath

In an action-packed week in Bath, Britain’s Dan Cox and Sweden’s Caijsa Wilde Hennemann finished as champions of the M25 and W25 ITF singles events.

Cox lifted his 17th career ITF title after ending Charles Broom’s 17-match unbeaten run (singles and doubles) with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win in the final.

Sixth seed Hannemann, beat Eliz Maloney in the final 6-1, 7-5. It brought an end to a fantastic week for Britain’s Maloney, who hadn’t won a W25 match prior to Bath.

Hannemann also ended the event as the women’s doubles champion as well, partnering with Elena Maylygina to beat Emily Webley-Smith and Arina Garbiela Vailescu 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

In the men’s doubles, Broom and fellow Brit Alastair Gray won their first title of the year, defeating top seeds Luke Johnson and Guy Den Ouden 6-2, 6-2.

Victorian Open

Building up to the Australian Open, Gordon Reid started his season at the Victorian Open where he reached the men's singles final. Reid finished the event as runner-up after a tough challenge against World No.1 Shingo Kunieda.

Lucy Shuker and Japan's Manami Tanaka also came runners-up in the women's doubles.

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What’s happening in British tennis this week?

Australian Open

There are 27 British stars competing Down Under at the Australian Open this week, including singles, doubles, junior and wheelchair players. Emma Raducanu, Dan Evans and Andy Murray all get underway on Tuesday alongside the rest of the singles stars, with the other draws set to start later this week.

Find out which British players are competing and follow their results here.

ATP Challenger Forli

Last week’s finalists Jack Draper and Jay Clarke are back in the main draw in Forli this week. Draper will face a qualifier on Tuesday while Clarke has drawn a tricky opening round match against fifth seed Gregoire Barrere.

ITF Events

Jodie Burrage is the top seed at the W25 Florianopolis this week and will be joined by 17-year-old rising star Matilda Mutavdzic in the main draw.

Melbourne Open

The Melbourne Open continues this week as the final wheelchair event before the Australian Open. Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Andy Lapthorne and Lucy Shuker are all in action at the first Super Series tournament of 2022. 

Australian Open 2022: Britwatch – meet the British players competing in Melbourne

With 27 Brits involved across the draws in Melbourne, this is your one stop shop for finding out who is competing in the 2022 Australian Open, who they will be facing and how they get on in the first Grand Slam of the year…

Latest Updates:

  • Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares lose 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-3 to Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini
  • Alfie Hewett, Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne all progress in the wheelchair singles draws
  • Dan Evans defeated in the third round by ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
  • Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski are in third round doubles action on Monday
  • Ranah Stoiber is through to face sixth seed Michaela Laki in the second round of the girl's singles
  • You can also read our Australian Open daily round up of all the latest news and results from Melbourne

Quick Links

  • Men (Broady, Evans, Glasspool, Inglot, A Murray, J Murray, Norrie, Salisbury, K Skupski, N Skupski, O’Mara)
  • Women (Dart, Raducanu, Watson)
  • Wheelchair (Hewett, Lapthorne, Reid, Shuker)
  • Juniors (Bowden, Brady, Rankin, Stoiber)
  • Qualifying

LTA Support

The LTA provides a range of kinds of support to British players to help them fulfil their potential, with the primary ones being:

  • Elite: for the highest performing players who are targeting major tournament success
  • NTC Pro Access: providing cost-free access to the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton and the facilities there. This includes the hard, clay and grass courts, the specialist gym and strength and conditioning areas as well as other support on site, with players also eligible for the LTA's tournament bonus scheme 
  • Pro-Scholarship Programme: the highest level of support offered to developing players aged between 16 and 24 with the best chance of reaching the ATP/WTA top 100 singles
  • Men’s & Women’s Programme: for the very best 16 to 21 year old players in the country who are not currently on the Pro Scholarship Programme (the programme is also available to 14 and 15 year olds in exceptional circumstances)
  • Elite Wheelchair: for our highest performing players who are achieving major tournament success and have the potential to consistently win Grand Slam titles and Paralympic medals

MEN

Liam Broady

Liam Broady

Events: Men’s Singles & Men's Singles Qualifying

World Ranking: 128

Stockport’s Broady is a former World No. 2 junior who has fond memories of the Australian Open having won the junior doubles title in 2012. The British no.4 is making his main draw debut at the Australian Open having earned his place after three hard-fought wins to win through qualifying. The hard work the 28-year-old has put in on and off the court was rewarded last year with a new career high world ranking and his first ever ATP Challenger title in Switzerland. Broady, who receives LTA support through the NTC Pro Access scheme, also made his Olympic debut last year, memorably beating Wimbledon semi-finalist and world no.12 Hubert Hurkacz en route to the third round. He then followed that up by being selected to be part of the GB team for the Davis Cup Finals.

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: won 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 v. Kacper Zuk (POL, world no.171)
    • Qualifying Round 2: won 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 v. J.J. Wolf (USA, world no.210)
    • Qualifying Round 3: won 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 v.Roman Safiullin (RUS, world no.146)
    • Round 1: lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 v. Nick Kyrgios (AUS, world no.115)

Dan Evans

Dan Evans

Events: Men’s Singles

World ranking: 24 (seeded 24)

British No.2 Dan Evens plays in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the 21st time, and his sixth at the Australian Open. The 31 year old Birmingham-born player is part of the LTA Elite player support programme, and goes into the event with hopes of progressing beyond his career best 4th round Grand Slam appearances in Melbourne in 2017 and last year at the US Open. A member of the Great Britain team that won the World Junior Tennis title, aged 14, Evans has had an outstanding couple of years and a fantastic start to 2022 – with straight sets wins against Denis Shapovalov, John Isner and Jan-Lennard Struff as part of the Great Britain team at the ATP Cup, as well as reaching the semi-final of the Sydney Tennis Classic warm up event. Evans has now played over 50 Grand Slam singles and doubles matches, including memorable wins over the likes of Marin Cilic in Melbourne in 2017, while in 2016 he took Stan Warwinka to five sets on the Swiss’ run to lifting the US Open title.

  • Singles:
    • Round 1: won 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 v. David Goffin (BEL, world no.45)
    • Round 2: walkover v. Arthur Rinderknech (FRA, world no.48)
    • Round 3: lost 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 v. Felix Auger-Alliassime (CAN, world no.9 - seeded 9)

Lloyd Glasspool

Lloyd Glasspool

Events: Men’s Doubles

World ranking: 74

Glasspool will be partnering Finland’s Harri Heliovaara in the men’s doubles at the Australian Open, as he makes his second overseas Grand Slam appearance. The West Midlander, who is supported by the LTA’s NTC Pro Access scheme, had to retire at one set all in the first round at the US Open last year but has also made three previous appearances at Wimbledon. Though he and Heliovaara lost out in close matches in the early stages of the warm-up events in Adelaide and Sydney, the 28-year-old takes to the courts in Melbourne at a career high in the ATP world rankings, having broken into the world’s top 100 doubles players for the first time last summer.

  • Men's Doubles - with Harri Heliovaara (FIN, world no.63)
    • Round 1: won 6-3, 6-3 v. Federico Coria (ARG, world no.239) & Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
    • Round 2: lost 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-1 v. Jamie Murray (GBR, world no.19) & Bruno Soares (BRA, world no.16) - seeded 8

Dom Inglot

Dom Inglot

Events: Men’s Doubles

World ranking: 60

Londoner Inglot learned to play tennis at school in Ealing, West London. Now one of nine British men ranked inside the world’s top 100 doubles players, Inglot will be making his 10th appearance at the Australian Open and his 38th at a Grand Slam. Partnering fellow Brit and NTC Pro Access player Ken Skupski this time around, the 35-year-old is a three-time quarter-finalist in Melbourne, as well as a former men’s doubles semi-finalist in New York and at Wimbledon – the venue where he also starred as a tennis double for Paul Bettany in the 2004 Hollywood film ‘Wimbledon’.

  • Men's Doubles - with Ken Skupski (GBR, world no.54)
    • Round 1: won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 v. Tallon Griekspoor (NED, world no.329) & Andrea Vavassori (ITA, world no.72) 
    • Round 2: v. lost 7-5, 6-3 Raven Klassen (RSA, world no.27) & Ben McLachlen (JPN, world no.49) - seeded 13

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Events: Men’s Singles

World ranking: 113

Murray is a five-time finalist in at the Australian Open, and returns to Melbourne with signs he can once again challenge the very best players. Now the British No.5, 34-year-old Murray has started 2022 well, finising as runner-up at the Sydney Tennis Classic warm up event to build upon some promising performances at the end of last year.  Having made a memorable and emotional departure from Melbourne Park in 2019 following a rollercoaster first round defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut, Murray has returned to the tour following hip surgery to continue what has been a stellar career.  The Scot, who is part of the LTA’s Elite player support scheme, has played over 1,000 career matches and competed at more than 50 Grand Slam tournaments, winning three of them, as well as famously claiming Olympic gold medals in both London and Rio.

  • Singles
    • Round 1: won 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 v. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO, world no.23 – seeded 21)
    • Round 2: lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 v. Taro Daniel (JPN, world no.120)

Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray

Events: Men’s Doubles

World ranking: 19

Once again playing with doubles partner Bruno Soares with whom he has enjoyed so much success, the duo will be seeded eighth for this year’s Australian Open.  The pair, who won this title together in 2016, reached the semi-final here last year as well as finishing as runners-up at the 2021 US Open. Murray is making his 58th appearance at a Grand Slam and will looking to add to his two men’s doubles titles – including that win in 2016 as part of a stellar year that saw him also become world no.1. The 35-year-old Scot, who is part of the LTA Elite player support programme, is also a five-time mixed doubles Grand Slam title winner, and reached the mixed doubles final in Melbourne in 2020.

  • Men's Doubles - with Bruno Soares (BRA, world no.16) - seeded 8
    • Round 1: won 6-3, 6-2 v. James Duckworth (AUS, world no.222) & Marc Polmans (AUS, world no.107)
    • Round 2: won 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-1 v. Lloyd Glasspool (GBR, world no.74) & Harri Heliovaara (FIN, world no.63)
    • Round 3: lost 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-3 v. Simone Bolelli (ITA, world no.25) & Fabio Fognini (ITA, world no.93)

Cameron Norrie

Cameron Norrie

Events: Men’s Singles

World ranking: 12 (seeded 12)

Norrie goes in to the Australian Open at a career high world ranking off the back of a sensational 2021 that saw him eclipse Dan Evans to become British No.1. Norrie was the first graduate of the LTA’s Pro-Scholarship Programme, which supports players looking to break in to the world’s top 100, and last year saw him finish runner-up at the cinch Championships at The Queens Club, claim his maiden ATP Tour title in Mexico, become the first Brit to win the ATP Masters title at Indian Wells, and make his debut at the end of season ATP Tour Finals. Next on the list for the LTA Elite support player is to go deep into the draw at Grand Slams – the 26-year-old reached the last 32 at the Australian Open last year, losing out to Rafael Nadal, but having now reached that stage at each of the four majors, he will be aiming to go beyond it for the first time in Melbourne. 

  • Singles
    • Round 1: lost to Sebastian Korda (USA, world no.43) - 6-3, 6-0, 6-4

Jonny O’Mara

Jonny O'Mara

Events: Men’s Doubles

World ranking: 65

Arbroath’s Jonny O’Mara is one of Britain’s current crop of doubles specialists, and will be playing in his 14th Grand Slam and what will be his fourth consecutive appearance at the Australian Open. The 26-year-old, who is supported by the LTA’s NTC Pro Access scheme, reached the quarter-finals of the warm up tournament in Sydney and will be looking to continue that form and emulate his career best quarter final appearance at the Australian Open in 2020.  The former University of Stirling player was also part of the Great Britain university side that defeated the US College team to win the Master U title for the first time in 2017.

  • Men's Doubles – with Andrei Vasilevski (BLR, world no.82)
    • Round 1: won 6-2, 6-2 v. Mackenzie McDonald (USA, world no.298) & John Millman (AUS, world no.199)
    • Round 2: lost 6-3, 6-3 v. Marcel Granollers (ESP, world no.7) and Horacio Zeballos (ARG, world no.6) - seeded 3

Joe Salisbury

Joe Salisbury

Events: Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles

World ranking: 3

Salisbury is a four-time Grand Slam champion, having won the Australian Open Men’s Doubles title alongside Rajeev Ram in 2020, and last year claiming the Roland Garros mixed doubles title alongside Desirae Krawczyk as well as both the men’s doubles and the mixed doubles titles with the same players at the US Open. Salisbury, who is part of the LTA’s Elite player support programme, has reached at least a semi-final at half of the 14 Grand Slams in which he has competed, and in the last two years with Ram has become part of one of the most formidable doubles partnerships in tennis. Now ranked Britain’s No.1 men’s doubles player, the 29-year-old from Putney began playing tennis at the age of three and started working with his current coach, Justin Sherring, at age six.  A former World University Games champion, Salisbury also made his Great Britain debut last year at the Olympic Games to become Colour Holder number 312, and followed that up with a Davis Cup debut in Austria.

  • Men's Doubles – with Rajeev Ram (USA, world no.4) – seeded 2
    • Round 1: 6-3, 6-3 v. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO, world no.419) & Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB, 273)
    • Round 2: won 6-1, 6-2 v. Marcus Daniell (NZL, world no. 52) & Frederik Nielsen (DEN, world no.102)
    • Round 3: v. Dane Sweeny (AUS, world no.566) and Li Tu (AUS, world no.979)
  • Mixed Doubles - with Desirae Krawczyk (USA, world no.16) - seeded 1
    • Round 1: lost 6-7(9), 6-4, 10-5 v. Giuliana Olmos (MEX, world no.19) & Marcelo Arevalo (ESA, world no.30)

Ken Skupski

Ken Skupski

Events: Men’s Doubles

World ranking: 54

This year’s Australian Open will be the left-handed Liverpool fan’s 40th appearance at a Grand Slam tournament. The 38-year-old NTC Pro Access player reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open men’s doubles in 2020 and is also a previous quarter-finalist at Wimbledon. This year partnering fellow Brit Dom Inglot, the older of the Skupski brothers will be looking to do well on what is his 10th appearance in Melbourne.

  • Men's Doubles - with Dom Inglot (GBR, world no.60)
    • Round 1: won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 v. Tallon Griekspoor (NED, world no.329) & Andrea Vavassori (ITA, world no.72) 
    • Round 2: lost 7-5, 6-3 v, Raven Klassen (RSA, world no.27) & Ben McLachlen (JPN, world no.49) - seeded 13

Neal Skupski

Neal Skupski

Events: Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles

World ranking: 20

The younger of the Skupski brothers, Neal takes to the courts in Australia ranked as Great Britain’s No.3 men’s doubles player, just one place behind Jamie Murray.  He previously reached the semi-finals at the US Open in 2019 as well as the quarter-finals at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but is aiming to go beyond the second round for the first time in Melbourne where he partners the Netherlands’ Wesley Koolhof. The Liverpudlian has shown the form to do just that, starting 2022 off by winning both the ATP250 warm up event in Melbourne and the Adelaide International alongside Koolhof. Last year saw Skupski, who is part of the LTA Elite player support programme, win his fifth ATP Title and move into the world’s top 20 for the first time. He was also part of the Great Britain team last year for both Tokyo 2020 and at the David Cup Finals.

  • Men's Doubles - with Wesley Koolhof (NED, world no.21) – seeded 10
    • Round 1: won 6-1, 6-4 v. Romain Arneodo (MON, world no.76) & Benoit Paire (FRA, world no.66)
    • Round 2: won 6-1, 6-4 v. Daniel Altmaier (GER, world no.404) & Thiago Monteiro (BRA, world no.157)
    • Round 3: v. Marcos Giron (USA, world no.1169) & Soonwoo Swon (KOR, world no.699)
  • Mixed Doubles - with Storm Sanders (AUS, world no.27)
    • Round 1: lost 6-3, 7-6(8) v. Ena Shibahara (JPN, world no.6) & Ben McLachlan (JPN, world no.49) - seeded 8

WOMEN

Harriet Dart

Harriet Dart

Events: Women’s Singles (via qualifying)

World ranking: 123

North Londoner Dart demonstrated her resilience once again as she came through qualifying at a Grand Slam for the fifth time in her career and the third time in Melbourne, Having won three matches to earn her place in the main draw, the 25-year-old LTA Pro-Scholarship Programe player will be aiming to add to her tally of three previous main draw match wins at Grand Slams. The British no.3 showed good form in also coming through qualifying at the Melbourne warm up event earlier this month, and will be aiming to build on a promising 2021 that saw her rise to a new career high in the world rankings with a number of victories over top 100 players as well as defeat fellow Brits Heather Watson and Emma Raducanu in WTA Tour matches.

  • Singles
    • Qualifying Round 1: won 6-4, 6-3 v. Federica Di Sarra (ITA, world no.205)
    • Qualifying Round 2: won 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 v. Alycia Parks (USA, world no.218)
    • Qualifying Round 3: won 6-3, 6-3 v. Kimberly Birrell (AUS, world no.664)
    • Round 1: lost 6-3, 6-0 v. Iga Swiatek (POL, world no.9 – seeded 7)

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu

Events: Women’s Singles

World ranking: 18 (seeded 17)

Kent’s Raducanu arrives in Melbourne as a Grand Slam champion, having shot to global prominence last year after winning the US Open. A series of sensational performances saw her reach the second week at Wimbledon on what was her Grand Slam debut, before going on to make tennis history in New York as she became the first ever player to win the title after coming through qualifying – a 10 match run during which she didn’t drop a set. The 19-year-old was part of the LTA’s Pro-Scholarship Programme for a number of years and continues to receive LTA support to help maximise her potential. Despite her status as a global figure in the sport, Raducanu will nevertheless be making her Australian Open debut in Melbourne this year and only the third Grand Slam appearance of her senior career. After pulling out of a warm up tournament earlier this month having just come out of isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, before then losing to world no.13 Elena Rybakina in the opening-round of the Sydney International, the British no.1 will be aiming to enjoy being back on court in Australia and continuing to inspire a new generation of fans and players – the young Brit is an ambassador for the LTA Youth programme, which aims to help more children enjoy the benefits of playing and staying in tennis, whatever their age, gender, ability, disability or background.

  • Singles
    • Round 1: won 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 v. Sloane Stephens (USA, world no.67)
    • Round 2: lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 v. Danka Kovinic (MNE, world no.98)

Heather Watson

Heather Watson

Events: Women’s Singles, Women’s Doubles

World ranking: 94 (singles), 100 (doubles)

Guernsey’s Watson is making her 11th consecutive appearance in the Australian Open singles main draw, and is vastly experienced at this level with 40 previous Grand Slam main draw appearances under her belt. She will be aiming to emulate her best showing in Australia in reaching the third round in 2013, while she also will be hoping for success in doubles, having reached the third round of the women’s doubles in Melbourne last year. Watson is no stranger to success at Grand Slams, having won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with Finland’s Henri Kontinen in 2016, and the Junior US Open crown in 2009. In preparation for Melbourne, Watson won through qualifying in Adelaide before pushing world no.31 Tamara Zidansek to a final set tie break, as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the doubles the previous week. The 29-year-old is part of the LTA Elite support programme and is a stalwart of the Great Britain Billie Jean King Cup team, currently ranked as Britain’s no.2 in singles and no.1 in doubles.

  • Singles:
    • Round 1: won 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 v. Mayar Sherif (EGY, world no.62)
    • Round 2: lost 7-6(4), 6-4 v. Tamara Zidansek (SLO, world no.29 - seeded 29)
  • Women’s Doubles – with Jasmine Paolini (ITA, world no.125)
    • Round 1: won 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2 v. Alexandra Bozovic (AUS, world no. 518) & Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS, world no.152)
    • Round 2: lost 6-4, 6-3 v. Marta Kostyuk (UKR, world no.96) & Dayana Yastremska (UKR, world no.198)

QUALIFYING

*Both Liam Broady and Harriet Dart won through qualifying to earn places in the main draw (see above).

Katie Boulter

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 190

LTA Support: Pro-Scholarship Programme

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: lost 6-3, 6-4 v. Emina Bektas (USA, world no.216)

Jodie Burrage

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 213

LTA Support: Pro-Scholarship Programme

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: lost 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 v. Seone Mendez (AUS, world no.241)

Fran Jones

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 151

LTA Support: Pro-Scholarship Programme

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: 5-1 (retired) v. Usue Maitane Arconada (USA, world no.185)

Samantha Murray Sharan

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 290

LTA Support: NTC Pro Access

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: lost 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (10-8) v. Hailey Baptiste (USA, world no.168)

Katie Swan

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 246

LTA Support: Pro-Scholarship Programme / NTC Pro Access

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: won 6-2, 6-4 v. Abbie Myers (AUS, world no.440)
    • Qualifying Round 2: lost 6-0, 7-5 v. Viktoriya Tomova (BUL, world no.119)

WHEELCHAIR

The 2022 Australian Open wheelchair tournament takes place from Sunday 23 - Thursday 27 January, with four Brits in contention for the honours:

Alfie Hewett

Alfie Hewett

Events: Men’s Wheelchair Singles, Men’s Wheelchair Doubles

World ranking: 2 (singles), 1 (doubles)

Norfolk’s Hewett has five Grand Slam singles titles to his name but will be aiming to add the Australian Open to that collection for the first time. Having become the sport’s youngest ever world No.1 back in 2018, the 24-year-old is part of the LTA Elite Wheelchair player support programme and will again be among the favourites for the title in Melbourne after winning the fifth ITF Super Series singles title of his career ahead of the Australian Open. Now able to put the uncertainty of the past two years firmly behind him after receiving classification confirmation from the ITF, Hewett will be looking to build on the success he achieved last year that saw him win the singles title at Roland Garros and finish as runner up at both the Australian Open and US Open, as well as claim the end of season NEC Masters title. Together with doubles partner and fellow Brit Gordon Reid, Hewett is also one half of what is Great Britain’s most successful ever Grand Slam doubles partnership. Last year the duo became the first ever to complete the calendar year Grand Slam in men’s wheelchair doubles and will be aiming to win their third consecutive doubles title in Melbourne.

  • Singles - seeded 2
    • Quarter-finals: won 6-1, 7-6(2) v. Gustavo Fernandez (ARG, world no.3)
    • Semi-finals: v. Stephane Houdet (FRA, world no.6)
  • Doubles - with Gordon Reid (GBR, world no.2) - seeded 1
    • Semi-finals: v. Tom Egberink (NED, world no.6) & Ben Weekes (AUS, world no.45)

Andy Lapthorne

Andy Lapthorne

Events: Quad Wheelchair Singles, Quad Wheelchair Doubles

World ranking: 4 (singles), 6 (doubles)

Londoner Lapthorne is one of the leading quad wheelchair tennis players in the world, with two Grand Slam singles titles, 11 Grand Slam doubles trophies and two silver and one bronze Paralympic medal to his name, The Australian Open singles title however is one that has so far eluded the West Ham United fan, finishing as runner up on three occasions. The 31-year-old, who is part of the LTA Elite Wheelchair player support programme, has however won the doubles title in Melbourne on no fewer than five occasions, most recently in 2017, and will be aiming to add to that collection this time around.

  • Singles
    • Quarter-finals: won 7-5, 6-3 v. Donald Ramphadi (RSA, world no.17)
    • Semi-finals: v. Dylan Alcott (AUS, world no.1) or Niels Vink (NED, world no.3)
  • Doubles - with David Wagner (USA, world no.4) - seeded 2
    • Semi-finals: v. Donald Ramphadi (RSA, world no.21) & Koji Sunego (JPN, world no.7)

Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid

Events: Men’s Wheelchair Singles, Men’s Wheelchair Doubles

World ranking: 4 (singles), 2 (doubles)

Reid became the first ever Brit to win the men’s wheelchair singles title at the Australian Open in 2016, adding the Wimbledon title to that later the same year. Having won the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics to add to the famous gold he claimed in Rio, the 29-year-old Rangers fan has shown he has started 2022 in the form to challenge for major titles, having finished as runner up to world no.1 Shingo Kunieda at the Victorian Wheelchair Open warm-up tournament earlier this month. Alongside Hewett, Reid, who like his doubles partner is part of the LTA Elite Wheelchair player support programme, will be aiming to continue the form that saw them complete the calendar year doubles Grand Slam last season and add yet another trophy to his doubles collection which already totals 17.

  • Singles
    • Quarter-finals: lost 6-4, 6-1 v. Stephane Houdet (FRA, world no.6)
  • Doubles - with Alfie Hewett (GBR, world no.1) - seeded 1
    • Semi-finals: v. Tom Egberink (NED, world no.6) & Ben Weekes (AUS, world no.45)

Lucy Shuker

Lucy Shuker

Events: Women’s Wheelchair Singles, Women’s Wheelchair Doubles

World ranking: 9 (singles), 4 (doubles)

Shuker is one of Great Britain’s most experienced players, and is a six-time Grand Slam doubles finalist, including having twice finished runner-up at the Australian Open (2010, 2013), as well as having reached the singles semi-final in Melbourne twice. However, the 41-year-old, who receives support as part of the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Pathway, remains in search of that elusive first Grand Slam title and will be aiming to make it a memorable campaign in Melbourne.  Having been introduced to the sport by former quad World No.1 Peter Norfolk when buying her first wheelchair, Shuker has gone on to help lead Great Britain to a string of silver and bronze medals in the World Team Cup women’s event (the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup or Billie Jean King Cup), including a first ever silver medal for the GB women’s team in Nottingham in 2009. She also partnered Jordanne Whiley to win Great Britain’s first ever Paralympic medal in women’s wheelchair tennis when they won bronze at London 2012, repeating that at Rio 2016 before going one better at Tokyo 2020 to win silver. Like Raducanu, Shuker is also an ambassador for the LTA Youth programme and is passionate about inspiring the next generation of players.

  • Singles
    • Quarter-finals: won 6-2, 6-2 v. Zhenzhen Zhu (CHN, world no.6)
    • Semi-finals: v. Diede De Groot (NED, world no.1) - seeded 1
  • Doubles - with Yui Kamiji (JPN, world no.3) - seeded 2
    • Semi-finals: v. Zhenzhen Zhu (CHN, world no.7) & Jiske Griffioen (NED, world no.13)

JUNIORS

Junior Boy's and Junior Girl's tournaments take place Satuday 22 - Saturday 29 January, with four Brits scheduled to be in action:

Louis Bowden

Louis Bowden

  • Events: Boy’s Singles and Boy's Doubles
  • World Ranking: 91
  • Age: 17
  • County: Hampshire & Isle of Wight (Portsmouth)

Bowden prepared for his first attempt at qualifying for an overseas Grand Slam junior draw by defeating the world no.37 in straight sets to reach the second round of the J1 tournament in Traralgon earlier this month. He arrived in Australia off the back of a promising 2021 that saw him win his first ITF Junior singles title in September at the J3 in Les Franqueses del Valles in Spain, having finished as runner-up in Porto the previous week – he then teamed up with fellow Brit Mathew Rankin to win his first doubles title on the international junior circuit at the ITF J3 event in Haifa, Israel. That all followed a summer where he reached the semi-finals at the LTA Junior National Championships, and made his Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon. Hit with Katie Boulter at Wimbledon last summer, and is well regarded at his coaching programme, Elite Tennis in Southampton, where he has spent time helping out with sessions for younger age groups.

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying – Round 1: won 6-2, 6-2 v. Jonas Hahn (AUS, age 14, world no.808)
    • Qualifying - Round 2: won 6-2, 6-2 v. Marcus Schoeman (AUS, age 16, world no.914)
    • Round 1: lost 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 v. Yannik Rahman (USA, age 17, world no.62)
  • Doubles - with Matthew Rankin (GBR, world no.71)
    • Round 1: v. Yaroslav Demin (RUS, age 16, world no.68) & Leanid Boika (USA, age 17, world no.72)

Patrick Brady

Patrick Brady

  • Events: Boy’s Singles and Boy's Doubles
  • World Ranking: 105
  • Age: 17
  • County: Kent (Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford)

Brady has shown the challenge of coming through qualifying is one he is capable of succeeding in, having been one of a pair of British boys to make it through qualifying to earn a place in the main draw of Junior Wimbledon last year, putting in some impressive performances that saw him beat the world numbers 75 and 47. Coached by his dad, John, Brady also came through qualifying to reach the quarter-finals of the men’s LTA British Tour event at Frinton last June, before having to withdraw. Started 2022 off with three wins, coming through qualifying to reach the second round of the J1 tournament in Traralgon earlier this month, narrowly missing out in a tight match against the world no.22.  Brady, who broke into the world’s top 100 juniors for the first time at the start of this year, has been playing tennis since shortly after he could walk, and made his senior debut for Warren Tennis Club as a six-year-old when his father’s usual doubles partner was a late withdrawal ahead of a South West Essex League match.

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying – Round 1: lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-6(7) v. Rohan Murali (USA, age 17, world no.262)
  • Doubles - with Connor Henry Van Schalkwyk (NAM, age 17, world no.37)
    • Round 1: Artur Kukasian (RUS, age 17, world no.36) & Liam Gavrielides (GER, age 17, world no.31)

Matthew Rankin

Matthew Rankin

  • Events: Boy’s Singles and Boy's Doubles
  • World Ranking: 71
  • Age: 17
  • County: Scotland East (Edinburgh)

Rankin is competing in his first junior Grand Slam, and will be aiming to build on a successful 2021 that saw him win 10 ITF junior titles. He claimed his first international junior singles title at the J5 event in Wrexham in May, before then following that up with three more – a J4 tournament in Greece, and then J3 titles in Cyprus and Loughborough – as well as winning six doubles titles, the best of which being a J3 title with fellow Brit Louis Bowden in Israel. The young Scot warmed up for Melbourne by beating the world no.36 to reach the second round of the J1 tournament in Traralgon. Having previously developed his tennis at the National Tennis Academy in Stirling, the former Merchiston Castle School pupil has continued to train at the University of Stirling as part of the Tennis Scotland programme there while completing his studies online.

  • Singles:
    • Round 1:  lost 6-4, 6-3 v. Max Batyutenko (KAZ, age 16, world no.55)
  • Doubles - with Louis Bowden (GBR, age 17, world no.91)
    • Round 1: v. Yaroslav Demin (RUS, age 16, world no.68) & Leanid Boika (USA, age 17, world no.72

Ranah Stoiber

Ranah Stoiber

  • Events: Girl’s Singles and Girl's Doubles
  • World Ranking: 45
  • Age: 16
  • County: Middlesex (Hounslow)

Stoiber heads to Melbourne off the back of reaching the final of the doubles draw at the J1 tournament in Traralgon, as well as the second round of the singles. Having finished runner-up at the 16U LTA Junior National Championships in Surbiton last year, and then followed that up by coming through qualifying to reach the quarter-finals of the 18U event, Stoiber capitalised on the opportunity of receiving a wildcard into Junior Wimbledon, defeating the no.9 seed and then narrowly losing out to the no.6 seed in the third round.  She then built on that by reaching two J1 and one J2 singles semi-finals, and winning ITF doubles titles at a J3 event in Germany and the J4 tournament in Loughborough. She first played tennis as a seven year old, taking lessons at Thisleworth Tennis Club and later joining Ealing Lawn Tennis Club. She has continued to progress through the LTA player pathway, and currently attends the National Tennis Academy at Loughborough as part of the programme delivered by Nick Cavaday and his team, having previously trained at the LTA Regional Player Development Centre at Dukes Meadow in Chiswick and been coached by Neil Bamford.

  • Singles:
    • Round 1: won 6-2, 6-1 v. Aya El Aouni (MOR, age 16, world no.61)
    • Round 2: Michaela Laki (GRE, age 16, world no.11 - seeded 6)
  •  Doubles: - with Mia Kupres (CAN, age 18, world no.48)
    • Round 1: Carolina Kuhl (GER, age 16, world no.46) & Tijana Sretenovic (SRB, age 16, world no.50)
British players capitalising on their opportunity at the first 2022 LTA Performance Competition Event

With all eyes on Australia in the lead up to the start of the Australian Open next week, back on British soil we are approaching the business end of the first LTA Performance calendar competitions of 2022.

The opening events of the updated performance calendar held at Team Bath Tennis, which have been designed to provide enhanced playing opportunities for British players, has seen a number of strong performances from the locals across both the men’s and ladies’ competitions, with unseeded players securing big wins against their higher ranked opponents.

In the ladies’ draw, unseeded Eliz Maloney has produced some outstanding tennis this week and secured her place in the semi-finals with a win over Estonian number 8 seed Elena Malygina. Freya Christie is into the semi-finals following a three set victory against number 2 seed Sarah Beth Grey. Christie had already caused an upset by defeating number 7 seed Joanna Garland in round two to win her place in the quarter-finals and battled for close to three hours against Sarah Beth Grey to win 7-6 (2) in the third set. 

Felix Gill saw of German 3rd seed Tobias Simon in straight sets in his first round match in the men’s competition, followed by a hard-fought win against Buvaysar Gadamauri of Belgium to secure a place in the quarter-finals against fellow Brit Mark Whitehouse. The 19-year old defeated Whitehouse in three sets earlier today to proceed to the semi-finals.

Jan Choinski defeated number 6 seed Alastair Gray earlier today to earn a place in the semi-finals, with the Brit making the most of his opportunity in his first M25 ITF World Tour event of 2022.

Earlier in the week 16-year-old Phoenix Weir beat Anton Matusevich in straight sets, with Matusevich ranked number 2 for the competition. Dan Little lost out to Charles Broom in an all British quarter-final today, but produced a brilliant performance to edge the German number 4 seed Henri Squire in the second round on Thursday.

Events such as the Bath W25 and M25 are all about providing British players with the chance to develop on home soil through more meaningful playing opportunities, giving all players the widest possible number of competitive matches on the ITF World Tennis Tour.

Matches from both the W25 and M25 Bath competitions can be live streamed on the ITF website, by clicking here

The final of the men’s and ladies’ doubles will played on Saturday 15 January with the singles finals taking place on Sunday 16 January.

 Click here to read the full announcement on the LTA Competitions Calendar and visit this page to see the list of competitions covering each area of the pathway.

 

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