By Glenys Furness

  • Jodie Burrage & Arthur Fery win the first week of the Pro Series
  • The Round Robin event produced a good week of tennis
WEYBRIDGE, SURREY – Jodie Burrage and Arthur Fery claimed the victories at the first Pro Series event organised by the LTA and hosted at St George’s Hill Tennis Club.

 

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Bringing more elite tennis back behind closed doors the LTA put together the Pro Tour Series. Six weeks of indoor tennis, the brainchild of Ben Nichols (previously at IMG selling media rights across various sports). The first five weeks winners will compete in the Classic event, along with a couple of wild cards and some higher ranked players.

Jodie Burrage first match was against Sarah-Beth Grey. Burrage and Grey went toe to toe in the first set, eventually though Burrage broke through and took the first set. In the second set Grey was unable to stay with Burrage who took the match in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.

In her next match Burrage was against Eliz Maloney, this was a much easier match for Burrage who lost only two games and was on court for just over an hour. Maloney was unable to do much against the game of Burrage who won the match 6-0, 6-2.

The third match for Burrage was and entertaining one. Facing Naomi Broady the players went toe to toe and Broady forced a tiebreak which she dominated. Burrage re-grouped in the second set however and dominated on serve to level up the match and force a final set match tiebreak. This was very close, however Burrage edged through 6-7(2), 6-1, 10-6.

The next match Burrage was against Danielle Daley and was on court for less than an hour. Burrage totally overpowered Daly and progressed without losing a game. Keeping the 100% record in tact Burrage went through 6-0, 6-0.

In the next round robin match Burrage was facing Emily Morton. This was another very quick match that once again lasted under an hour. Burrage was just too good for Morton and lost only three games all match to keep the winning run going 6-2, 6-1.

As the winner of group A Burrage was against Emily Appleton who was runner up in group B. Again, this was a very straight forward match for Burrage who dispatched Appleton by totally dominating both sets. Burrage lost only four games to move into the final 6-2, 6-2.

In the final Burrage was against Freya Christie. This was another tough but entertaining match. Burrage took the first set at a canter, with Christie struggling to hold serve. However, Christie re-grouped and broke serve in the second set to level up and force a match tiebreak. Burrage edged through and became the first female into the Classic event 6-1, 4-6, 10-7.

 

Arthur Fery wins the men’s event

Arthur Fery in the second round of the Boys; Singles at the Australian Open 2020, Melbourne

Arthur Fery in the second round of the Boys; Singles at the Australian Open 2020, Melbourne | (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

In his first match Arthur Fery was against Ryan Storrie. A fairly close affair in which one break of serve settled the outcome. Fery and Storrie were going toe to toe until last weeks British Tour winner secured the vital break of serve in each set to win 6-4, 6-4.

The second match for Fery was against Julian Cash. The first set was a very tense affair with neither player giving an inch. As a result a tiebreak ensued which Fery edged. This seemed to provide impetus to Fery who then dominated the second set to win 7-6(8), 6-2.

Next up for Fery was Jonathan Gray. Again last weeks British Tour winner was in impervious form taking the match in just over an hour. Gray fought hard but was unable to stop Fery closing out the match and moving on with a 100% record as he won 6-2, 6-3.

In the next match Fery was against Mark Whitehouse. This was the toughest match to this point. Whitehouse got off to the better start and broke Fery to take the set. Fery however managed to re-group and level the match and force the match tiebreak. The tiebreak was hard fought but Fery managed to edge through and keep his run going as he managed to win 4-6, 6-3, 12-10.

The next match for Fery was against Alexis Canter. Last weeks British Tour winner secured the break in each set that was needed despite Canter trying to break back. Fery had again kept his winning record going with another straight set win 6-4, 6-3.

As the winner of group A the semi-final saw Fery face the runner up in group B who was Billy Harris. Fery and Harris were toe to toe in the first set, with a tiebreak on the cards. However, Fery broke just when required to take the first set. In the second set Fery managed again to break Harris and move into the final 7-5, 6-4.

In the final Fery was against Luke Johnson. This was another hard fought match as Johnson broke Fery to take the first set. However, after managing to re-group Fery dominated the second set to level up and force a match tiebreak. The breaker was a tight affair, however Fery managed to edge through to claim the win 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.

Other Placings

Naomi Broady defeated Emily Appleton 0-6, 6-3, 10-6 to finish third.

Mark Whitehouse defeated Billy Harris 7-5, 6-4 to finish third.

Julian Cash defeated Lloyd Glasspool 6-3, 6-4 to finish fifth.

Sarah-Beth Grey defeated Alicia Barnett 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 to finish fifth.

Tom Hands defeated Jonathan Gray 6-4, 6-4 to finish seventh.

Eliz Maloney defeated Tanysha Dissanayake 6-0, 7-6(5) to finish seventh.

Alexis Canter defeated Marcus Willis 6-3. 7-6(9) to finish ninth.

Emily Morton defeated Danielle Daley 6-3, 3-2 RET to finish ninth.

Kimberly Mpukusa defeated Amelia Stuart 6-3, 6-1 to finish eleventh.

Toby Martin defeated Alexander Jhung 6-1, 6-1 to finish eleventh.

Next week Brits play in Roehampton & Weybridge.

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