By Glenys Furness

  • Alastair Gray & Ryan Storrie claim the title in France
  • Brits defeated top seeds en route
BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, FRANCE – Alastair Gray & Ryan Storrie claimed the title. The pair defeated the top seeds en route to the trophy


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Alastair Gray and Ryan Storrie teamed up for the doubles event in France. In the first round the Brits were against Kenny De Schepper & Allan Deschamps. The French pair got off to the better start, breaking the Brits to take the lead. However, Gray & Storrie were not going away, the Brits re-grouped in the second set. Breaking the serve of De Schepper & Deschamps to level up the match. In the match tiebreak Gray & Storrie sailed through and into the quarter-final 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.

The quarter-final saw Gray & Storrie against the top seeds Hsu Yu-Hsiou & Benjamin Lock. The Brits continued their great form, and broke the serve of the top seeds. Yu-Hsiou & Lock were unable to get back on terms. Gray & Storrie moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

In the semi-final the Brits were drawn against Robin Bertrand & Erik Crepaldi. The French/Italian pair were unable to take to the court and withdrew. Gray & Storrie moved into the final without having to hit a ball in anger. The Brits were in the final 0-0 (RET).

The final saw the Brits against Clement Chidekh & Luca Sanchez. The French pair secured a break of serve against Gray & Storrie to take the lead. The Brits re-grouped and broke the serve of Chidekh & Sanchez to level up the match. In the final match tiebreak the Brits kept it tight and edged the victory 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.


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Doubles Round Up

Ying Hou & Millen Hurrion were defeated by Clement Chidekh & Luca Sanchez in the quarter-final in Bagneres-De-Bigorre 6-3, 7-5.

Emily Appleton with Arianne Hartono were defeated by Isabelle Haverlag & Alexandra Ignatik in the quarter-final in Prague 6-4, 7-6(4).

Sarah Beth Grey with Tereza Smitkova were defeated by Sara Bejlek & Linda Noskova in the quarter-final in Prague 7-5, 6-0.

Luke Bambridge & Ken Skupski were defeated by Filip Polášek & John Peers in the first round in Flushing Meadows 6-3, 6-3.

Lloyd Glasspool & Dan Evans were defeated by Marcus Daniell & Marcelo Demoliner in the first round in Flushing Meadows 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-1 (RET).

Cameron Norrie with Jan-Lennard Struff were defeated by Simone Bolelli & Maximo Gonzalez in the first round in Flushing Meadows 7-6(5), 6-3.

Harriet Dart with Chan Hao-Ching were defeated by Alizé Cornet & Fiona Ferro in the first round in Flushing Meadows 7-6(5), 7-5.

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Andrea Petkovic & Ajla Tomljanović in the first round in Flushing Meadows 6-2, 6-4.

Jamie Murray with Bethanie Mattek-Sands were defeated by Andreja Klepač & Joran Vliegen in the first round in Flushing Meadows 2-6, 6-4, 12-10.

Freya Christie with Yuriko Lily Miyazaki were defeated by Akville Parazinskaite & Vasanti Shinde in the quarter-final in Marbella 6-1, 1-6, 10-8.

Luke Johnson & Mark Whitehouse were defeated by Benito Sanchez Martinez & Milan Welte in the quarter-final in Allershausen 7-5, 4-6, 10-8.

Jonathan Binding & Scott Duncan were defeated by Juan Ignacio Galarza & David Jorda Sanchis in the quarter-final in Allershausen 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.

Next week Brits play in Flushing Meadows, Kiev, Seville, Cassis, Portugal, Columbia, Montenegro, Tunisia, Switzerland & Bulgaria.


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