- Emma Raducanu claimed LTA British Tour title in 3 sets
- Arthur Fery claimed title in the Mens singles
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Emma Raducanu & Arthur Fery claim titles in the first events in the British Tour, signalling the return of competitive tennis with the LTA.
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With Wimbledon not going ahead due to coronavirus, British Tennis and the LTA organised the British Tour, as elite tennis in the UK continued its return. The events takes place over four weeks in July, for the lower ranked players to get back competing.
The success of Battle of the Brits, showed that tennis can be safely played and the LTA have taken on board the current guidelines. The line ups for the first event included Samantha Murray-Sharan & Lloyd Glasspool as the respective top seeds.
Emma Raducanu Ladies title
Emma Raducanu had a fight to make it through the first round. With the format following the Battle of the Brits, using a match tie break for a third set, Raducanu lost the first set against Emily Appleton. The 17-year-old fought back in the second and broke serve to level up. Raducanu was pushed in the tiebreak but edged out Appleton to move into the next round 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
In the quarter-final Raducanu was against Alicia Barnett and again got off to a poor start losing the first set easily. Barnett dominated the set whilst Raducanu struggled. However, again the 17-year-old fought back in the second and kept the match close forcing a tiebreak. After levelling the match up Raducanu took the ensuing match tiebreak and moved into the semi-final 1-6, 7-6, 10-6.
The semi-final saw Raducanu against Marni Banks. The pair exchanged breaks as the set went back and forth eventually leading to a tiebreak.Raducanu eased through the breaker and had the lead. She was on a roll and strolled through the second set to book the spot in the final 7-6, 6-1.
In the final Raducanu who was the third seed was against second seed Jodie Burrage. The blustery conditions made the sets quite a fight. Raducanu broke Burrage to claim the first set, however Burrage broke in the second to level everything up. The match tiebreak saw Raducanu power through to take the title 6-4, 2-6, 10-4.
Arthur Fery claims Men’s title
On the ATP side of the LTA event Arthur Fery was against Toby Martin in the first round. Fery had little trouble dispatching Martin strolling through the first set without losing a game. Martin played better in the second set, but was unable to prevent Fery from breaking and moving into the next round 6-0, 6-2.
The quarter-final had Fery against Luke Johnson. This was a very hard fought match between both players. Fery continued where he had left off in the first round, taking the set easily. However, Johnson re-grouped and fought back in the second set dropping only one game to force a match tiebreak. Fery & Johnson traded blows until eventually the 17 year old edged through 6-2, 1-6, 12-10.
In the semi-final Fery was totally unstoppable. Playing against Jonathan Gray the 17 year old was once again barely troubled. Fery was too strong for Gray who tried everything they could to take the match to Fery. However, the 17 year old was just too good and lost only three games to move to the final 6-2,6-1.
The final had Fery against Alastair Gray. The first set saw each player exchanging breaks to stay toe to toe. The set eventually went to a tiebreak, which the 17 year old Fery took. The second set was again a very tight affair, before Fery managed to secure the necessary break of serve and take the title 7-6, 6-4.
British Tour Week One Round Up
Samantha Murray-Sharan was defeated by Marni Banks in the first round 6-2, 6-3.
Grace Piper was defeated by Amelia Rajecki in the first round 6-3, 7-5.
Tiffany William was defeated by Eden Silva in the first round 6-2, 6-1.
Eliz Maloney was defeated by Yuriko Miyazaki in the first round 4-6, 7-5, 10-8.
Alice Gillan was defeated by Alicia Barnett in the first round 7-6, 6-2.
Sarah-Beth Grey was defeated by Naomi Broady in the first round 6-4, 6-3.
Freya Christie was defeated by Jodie Burrage in the first round 6-2, 6-1.
Joshua Paris was defeated by Lloyd Glasspool in the first round 6-3, 6-4.
Charles Broom was defeated by Mark Whitehouse in the first round 6-1, 1-6, 10-6.
Alexis Canter was defeated by Luke Johnson in the first round 6-2, 6-3.
Toby Samuel was defeated by Alastair Gray in the first round 6-3, 6-4.
Anton Matusevich was defeated by Jonathan Gray in the first round 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
Sean Hodkin was defeated by Billy Harris in the first round 6-0, 6-4.
Isaac Stoute was defeated by Alexander Jhun in the first round 3-6, 6-2, 12-10.
Eden Silva was defeated by Marni Banks in the quarter-final 6-2, 6-1.
Amelia Rajecki was defeated by Yuriko Miyazaki in the quarter-final 6-1, 6-1.
Naomi Broady was defeated by Jodie Burrage in the quarter-final 6-4, 6-2.
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Billy Harris in the quarter-final 6-4, 6-3.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Alastair Gray in the quarter-final 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.
Alexander Jhun was defeated by Luke Johnson in the quarter-final 6-3, 7-5.
Billy Harris was defeated by Alastair Grey in the semi-final 6-1, 6-2.
Next week the British Tour continues from Thursday 9th July in Roehampton.
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