By Glenys Furness

  • Luke Bambridge & Ben McLachlan claimed the doubles title in Auckland
  • The pair didn’t drop a set all event
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Luke Bambridge & Ben McLachlan claimed the trophy in the ATP 250 event. The pair were not seeded and didn’t drop a set to claim the title.


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Luke Bambridge entered the ATP 250 event in Auckland and started the season off with a trophy. The Brit teamed up with Ben McLachlan as the build up to the Australian Open continued. In the first round the Brit/Japanese pair were drawn against Mackenzie MaDdonald & Ajeet Rai. Bambridge & McLachlan took the early break to move ahead, with MacDonald & Rai unable to break back. The second set was closer, however it was the Brit/Japanese that once again secured the break to move into the next round 6-3, 7-5.

In the quarter-final Bambridge & McLachlan were against third seeds Rohan Bopanna & Henri Kontinen. The Brit/Japanese were far too strong for the seeds. Bambridge & McLachlan got the break of serve in both sets. Despite the seeds trying all they could it was the Brit/Japanese that took the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

The semi-final saw the Brit/Japanese up against Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen. The match was very very tight, and both sets went to a tiebreak. Bambridge & McLachlan were able to secure the lead in breakers and went on to claim the match in straight sets 7-6(5), 7-6(4).

In the final Bambridge & McLachlan were against Marcus Daniell & Philip Oswald. The Kiwi/Austrian pushed the Brit/Japanese all the way in the first set and forced a tiebreak. Bambridge & McLachlan dominated the tiebreak and moved into the lead. The second set saw the Brit/Japanese get the vital break of serve, Daniell & Oswald could not get the break back. It was the Brit/Japanese that took the title 7-6(3), 6-3.


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Doubles Round Up

Cameron Norrie with Rhett Purcell were defeated by Rohan Bopanna & Henri Kontinen in the first round in Auckland 6-4, 6-2.

Ken Skupski with Santiago González were defeated in the first round by Austin Krajicek & Franko Skugor in the first round in Auckland 7-5, 7-6(6).

Dom Inglot with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi were defeated by Austin Krajicek & Franko Skugor in the quarter-final in Auckland 6-2, 6-2.

Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by Ivan Dodig & Filip Polášek in the semi-final in Adelaide 5-7, 6-3, 15-13.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Máximo González & Fabrice Martin in the semi-final in Adelaide 6-3, 6-4.

Heather Watson with Arantxa Rus were defeated by Peng Shuai & Zhang Shuai in the quarter-final in Hobart 0-0 RET.

Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Nikola Cacic & Denys Molchanov in the first round in Bendigo 7-6(4), 6-4.

Jonny O’Mara with Marcelo Arévalo were defeated by Nikola Cacic & Denys Molchanov in the final in Bendigo 7-6(3), 6-4.

Aidan McHugh with Adrian Barbu were defeated by Tony Bourcet & Antoine Escoffier in the first round in Monastir 5-7, 6-4, 11-9.

Luke Johnson with Hugo Voljacques were defeated by Jesper De Jong & Bart Stevens in the semi-final in Monastir 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.

Emily Morton & Katie Morton were defeated by Manon Arcangioli & Nika Shytkouska in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-3, 6-4.

Jodie Burrage with Tereza Mihalíková defeated Mallaurie Noel & Oona Orpana in the final in Monastir 6-1, 6-2.

Lloyd Glasspool with Alex Lawson defeated Boris Arias & Sekou Bangoura in the final in California 6-1, 7-6(1).

Jonathan Binding & Evan Hoyt were defeated by Carlos Sanchez Jover & Pedro Vives Marcos in the first round in Manacor 6-2, 6-4.

Jake Hersey with Abedallah Shelbayh were defeated by Pol Amoros Ramos & Pol Sanchez Vinas in the first round in Manacor 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

Barney Fitzpatrick with Marc Ktiri were defeated by Billy Harris & Imanol Lopez Morillo in the first round in Manacor 0-0 RET.

Billy Harris with Imanol Lopez Morillo were defeated by Johannes Haerteis & Peter Heller in the quarter-final in Manacor 6-3, 6-1.

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Pamela Montez & Alycia Parks in the quarter-final in Malibu 0-0 RET.

Mark Whitehouse & David Fox were defeated by Juan Carlos Aguilar & Tanner Smith in the semi-final in Cancun 6-2, 5-7, 10-7.

Next week Brits play in Australian Open, Rennes, Germany, Tunisia, Mexico, France, Guadaloupe, USA, Tunisia, Latvia & Mexico.


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