By Glenys Furness
- Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara received a wildcard into Eastbourne
- Defeated the top seeds in the quarter-final
- Lifted the trophy in an all British final.
EASTBOURNE, UK – Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara claimed their first ATP tour title winning the ATP 250 event on the South coast.
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Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were given a wildcard into the ATP 250 event in Eastbourne. The final grass court warm up event before Wimbledon gave the pairing a chance to prepare for the only grass Grand Slam as they also had a wildcard to SW19.
In the first round Bambridge & O’Mara were drawn against Dom Inglot & Franko Skugor. The all British pairing were kept close by the Brit/Croat pair. The first set went to a tiebreak and it was Bambridge & O’Mara that came out on top. The second set saw Inglot/Skugor secure a break of serve and hold on to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was a very tight affair with Bambridge & O’Mara edging it to move into the quarter-final, with the score 7-6(6), 5-7,10-7.
The quarter-final saw Bambridge & O’Mara against the top seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah. The Colombians got an early break in the first set to take the lead. The Brits however, regrouped and fought back in the second set to level. Another match tiebreak followed, and once again the Brits prevailed to move into the semi-final 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
In the semi-final the Brits were against Robert Lindstedt & Édouard Roger-Vasselin. Bambridge & O’Mara secured the break of serve in the first set to establish the lead. The Swedish/French pair were unable to mount a fightback in the second as Bambridge & O’Mara once again broke serve to take the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
The final was a battle of the Brits as Bambridge & O’Mara took on Ken and Neal Skupski. In a very close match the Skupski brothers were unable to stop the break of serve in both sets, which saw Bambridge & O’Mara close out in straight sets and lift their first ATP tour title together 7-5, 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Scott Clayton & Joe Salisbury were defeated by Lindstedt & Roger-Vasseslin in the quarter-finals in Eastbourne 6-2,7-5.
Johanna Konta with Timea Babos were defeated by Gabriela Dabrowski & Xu Yifan in the quarter-finals in Eastbourne 6-4, 6-4.
Harriet Dart & Katy Dunne were defeated by Dabrowski & Yifan in the first round in Eastbourne 2-6, 6-1, 10-7.
Evan Hoyt with Marat Deviatiarov were defeated by Mick Lescure & Eduardo Struvay in the final in Spain 7-5, 6-4.
Charles Broom with Osgar O’Hoisin were defeated by Alejandro Gómez & Emilio Gómez in the semi-final in Pittsburgh 7-5, 2-6, 10-7.
Jack Molloy with Martijn Kerssens were defeated by Guy Den Heijer & Sidane Pontjodikromo in the first round in The Netherlands 6-2, 6-3.
Ben Jones & Mark Whitehouse were defeated by Christopher Díaz Figueroa & Wilfredo González in the semi-final in Portugal 4-6, 6-2, 10-5.
Emily Arbuthnott with Emilie Francati were defeated by Anna Bondár & Sandra Samir in the first round in Sweden 6-3, 7-5.
Next week Brits play in London (Wimbledon), Spain, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal & France.
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