- Lloyd Glasspool claimed first ATP 250 doubles title
- Dropped only one set en route to the title
MARSEILLE, FRANCE – Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliövaara entered the 250 event and were not seeded. The Brit/Fin won their first main tour event together.
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Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliövaara entered their first main tour event as a doubles pairing in Marseille. The Brit/Fin were unseeded. Their first round opponents were Greek brothers Stefanos & Petros Tsitsipas. Glasspool & Heliövaara were pushed hard in the first set by the Tsitsipas brothers, before the Brit/Fin finally broke serve to take the lead. This spurred on the pair as they dominated the second set to move into the quarter-final 7-5, 6-1.
In the quarter-final Glasspool & Heliövaara were against the top seeds Neal & Ken Skupski. The seeds got off to the better start breaking the Brit/Fin to take the lead. However, Glasspool & Heliövaara re-grouped and broke the Skupski brothers in the second set to level the match. The match tiebreak was very close, however it was the Brit/Fin that edged through into the semi-final 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
The semi-final pitched the Brit/Fin against the Australian pair of Matthew Ebden & Matt Reid. Glasspool & Heliövaara had little trouble in the first set, dominating Ebden & Reid. The second set was slightly closer, however the Brit/Fin secured the break to move into the final 6-2, 6-3.
In the final Glasspool & Heliövaara were against the Dutch pairing of David Pel & Sander Arends. The first set was very tight, as the Dutch stayed toe to toe with the Brit/Fin. Finally Glasspool & Heliövaara obtained the break of serve required to seal the set. The second was much closer, as Pel & Arends refused to buckle. The set went to a tiebreak with the Brit/Fin managing to get the break to take the lead and stay ahead to win their first ATP main tour title 7-5, 7-6(4).
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Doubles Round Up
Jonny O’Mara with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were defeated by David Pel & Sander Arends in the quarter-final in Marseille 6-4, 7-6(10).
Dom Inglot & Luke Bambridge were defeated by Jackson Withrow & Nathaniel Lammons in the quarter-final in Marseille 7-6(4), 7-6(5).
Ryan Peniston with Benjamin Hassan were defeated by Szymon Walków & Jan Zieliński in the first round in Biella 0-0 (RET).
Charles Dossetter with Maximillian Wuelfing were defeated by Juan Pablo Canas Garcia & Inigo Cervantes Huegun in the first round in La Nucia 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Jonathan Binding & Henry Patten were defeated by Luca Castelnuovo & Eric Vanshelbolm in the final in Indore 2-6, 7-5, 11-9.
Anna Popescu with Chiara Scholl were defeated by Oana Gavrila & Iiona Ghioroale in the final in Monastir 7-5, 6-4.
Emily Webley-Smith with Rutuja Bhosale defeated Riya Bhatia & Miriam Bulgaru in the final in Pune 6-2, 7-5.
Next week Brits play in Loughborough, Dubai, Acapulco, Monterrey, Biella, France & Egypt.
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