British Tennis: Who to Watch

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Britain has undoubtedly enjoyed some fond memories on the tennis court in recent years, with the latest crop of British talent surpassing the expectations of many a critic. In this article we examine some of the nation’s finest sporting specimens as we look ahead to another year of exhilarating court-side action.

The man at the forefront of Britain’s tremendous success has been, without doubt, Andy Murray. The spirited Scot, who currently boasts the coveted World Number One spot, has achieved remarkable success following his senior professional debut in 2005.

After claiming a superb opening Grand Slam title in 2010 at the Australian Open, the British tennis ace has since triumphed in a further eight major tournaments, taking his Grand Slam title tally to a resounding nine, with his most recent win coming at the game’s jewel in the crown, the magnificent Wimbledon Championships.

It was certainly a sight to behold when Britain’s finest sporting specimen took to the sun-splashed grass courts at the All England Tennis Club in 2016. Murray’s scintillating form and resilience sent the crowd into overdrive with euphoric roars echoing around Centre Court as he dispatched his opponents one by one with consummate ease. The Scot faced Milos Raonic in what become an exhilarating affair, but Murray’s stunning ground strokes and lightning fast serve ensured a fabulous title victory in straight sets.

In contrast to last year’s heroics however, 2017 has been a relatively disappointing crusade for the British Number One. A season, rife with niggling injuries, has had a detrimental effect on Murray’s recent performances with early exits from Queen’s and Wimbledon setting the tone for the Scot’s substandard campaign. But with the US Open looming, Murray is confident of a swift return to the fold after shaking off a minor hip injury, and with his long-term adversary, Novak Djokovic, unavailable due to a recurring elbow problem, the stage looks set for the Brit to take back the title by storm.

The future also looks incredibly bright for fellow Brit, Johanna Konta, whose impressive rise to prominence has been nothing short of remarkable. In April she made her mark in scintillating style, winning the biggest title to be held by a British female tennis player – since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 – as she beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 in a captivating final at the Miami Open. The spectacular victory saw Konta rise to seventh in the world, and she will certainly be striving to climb even higher in the rankings when chance permits.

The brilliant Brit almost made it two title victories for 2017 when she faced Donna Vekic in the Aegon Open Final in Nottingham. In what turned out to an extremely pulsating encounter, however, the Croatian ground out a resounding victory after trailing Konta by a set to love in the opening stages.

As the Brit’s prospering career continues to gather pace, it can surely only be a matter of time before she challenges for her first Grand Slam title. Her superb performances at the All England Tennis Club this year have certainly given fans much cause for optimism.

Following an incredible run of form, Konta became the first British woman – since Wade in 1978 – to reach the coveted Wimbledon Semi-Finals, facing five-time Ladies Singles Champion, Venus Williams, in a thrilling showdown. It was to the dismay of the home faithful, however, that Konta was defeated by her American rival but the Brit was not downhearted by losing to her decorated opponent, stating that she still had much room for improvement and that a future title at the All England Club would be well within her reach.

It has also been a splendid year to remember for British pair Jamie Murray and Heather Watson. The two doubles’ extraordinaires met head-on in an enthralling battle of Britain at this year’s Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final. With a Brit standing on either side of the net, the crowds were decidedly split on who to support, but it was the Scot who ultimately romped to victory alongside partner, Martina Hingis, dispatching his British counterpart and reigning champion in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

Crucially, the match signified just how much British tennis had prospered in recent years. In a game which boasted two British finalists competing against one another at one of the world’s most prestigious Grand Slam tournament, fans saw the revival of a British sporting masterclass which continues to blossom with every passing step.

It’s safe to say that the future of British tennis looks bright.

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Johanna Konta To Compete In Three Pre-Wimbledon Tournaments In 2017

British No.1 Johanna Konta has announced that she will play in a three high-class events ahead of her Wimbledon Championship campaign in 2017.

The 25-year-old is currently ranked number 10 in the world, reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January – and she will perform at the Aegon Open Nottingham, The Aegon Classic Birmingham, and The Aegon International Eastbourne.

These three prestigious competitions form part of the enhanced British Grass Court season which also features the Aegon Championships Queens.

Speaking on the announcement Konta said: “I am excited to be playing these three tournaments, especially in front of the home crowds again. The grass court season is one of my favourites and this series of tournaments ahead of Wimbledon provides great preparation opportunities for me.

“Playing in front of a passionate crowd that is fully behind you is a special experience that not many players get: I know how lucky I am to be able to do that. The home fans really can make all the difference so I hope lots of people come out to cheer!

Konta, who headlines a strong Aegon GB Fed Cup team for next week’s tie in Estonia, has had a incredible 12 months where she secured her first two WTA singles titles in Stanford and Sydney.

To celebrate this phenomenal run, the Lawn Tennis Association has also named Konta as an official ambassador for British Tennis.

LTA Chief Executive Michael Downey said, “We are thrilled Johanna has decided to commit to all three grass court events in the lead up to Wimbledon.  We are also very excited to name her as an official ambassador for British Tennis, celebrating the inspirational effect she has on young people across the country.”

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Johanna Konta progresses in style at Aegon Open Nottingham

Johanna Konta made smooth progress into round two of the Aegon Open Nottingham as she cruised past Victoria Duval in straight-sets.

Konta was celebrating reaching a career-high ranking of 18; making her the first British woman to break into the world top 20 for 33-years.

Since appearing at the Aegon Open Nottingham last year Konta has enjoyed a remarkable rise through the world rankings, moving from World No. 147 to 18. This incredible year has seen her reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open and become the British No.1

On Monday she needed just 68 minutes to sweep aside Duval 6-3 6-0 and set up a second round tie with Saisai Zheng; who defeated British wildcard Freya Christie at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

After the victory Konta said: “It was my first match on the grass and I’m very happy to have been able to give myself an opportunity to play another one.

“I love this court. I think this is my fourth or fifth time here and I really love the centre court here, it is very nice, so it’s good to be back.”

Wozniacki to star on day two of Aegon Open Nottingham

Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki will be the headline attraction on day two of the Aegon Open Nottingham.

The 25-year-old is making her return after a two-month injury lay-off and will face Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay on Centre Court at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. The Danish star will be competing alongside an array of British stars including Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Laura Robson.

Ahead of her match Wozniacki said, “It’s a good field. I think it’s nice also for the British girls to play here in front of a home crowd, and it’s nice to see more British girls playing well.”

Azarenka withdraws from Nottingham Open with injury

Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Aegon Open Nottingham with a knee injury.

Azarenka was forced to retire during the first round of the French Open and was hoping to prove her fitness in time for the start of the Nottingham showpiece.

On the announcement, the 26-year-old Belarussian said: “’I am very disappointed to have to withdraw from Nottingham. Although I came here a few days ago to prepare and start training, my knee is unfortunately not yet completely healed and ready to play at 100%.”

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 07, 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
[WC] L. Robson (GBR) vs [Q] M. Larcher de Brito (POR)
S. Hsieh (TPE) vs N. Broady (GBR)
M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs [6] H. Watson (GBR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] T. Moore (GBR) vs D. Vekic (CRO)
Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs [5] Y. Wickmayer (BEL)
[LL] T. Paszek (AUT) vs K. Nara (JPN)
after suitable rest – [WC] F. Christie (GBR) / L. Robson (GBR) vs Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[Q] A. Barty (AUS) vs S. Peng (CHN)
[7] M. Barthel (GER) vs A. Riske (USA)
[4] M. Puig (PUR) vs [Q] K. Zhang (CHN)
L. Davis (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [2] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

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Johanna Konta joins star line-up for Aegon Open Nottingham WTA

British No.1 Johanna Konta will be the star attraction at the 2016 Aegon Open Nottingham WTA event after the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) confirmed her participation.

Konta burst onto the world tennis stage last year with some superb performances (including at this tournament in 2015) and at the start of the year she reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Her meteoric rise has seen her move to 21st in the world rankings; making her the highest ranked British player in 30 years.

The Aegon Open Nottingham WTA has attracted a world class field for 2016 with former World No.1’s Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki set to feature, while British No. 2 and 3 Heather Watson and Naomi Broady also be on the card.

Konta excited to return to Aegon Open Nottingham as she prepares for the Wimbledon Championships 2016

On her return to Nottingham, Konta said: “I’m really excited to be kicking off my grass-court season at Nottingham. I have played there many times and always enjoy the support I get from the fans.

“I had a good run at the tournament last year, which was the start of a great summer for me. It’s a really strong player field this year, which is great for the tournament and I’m hoping for more success in Nottingham.”

The Aegon Open Nottingham features both a WTA and ATP event in 2016, both will give some of the world’s biggest players the chance to get settled on the grass-courts before the start of the Wimbledon Championships.

Konta will be hoping that she can gain some valuable confidence as she looks to secure a maiden Grand Slam title at Wimbledon 2016.

The Aegon Open Nottingham (WTA) Tournament Director, Rebecca James, said: “We are delighted to have Johanna join the Aegon Open Nottingham line-up this year. She is a fan favourite in the city and her success at the event at Nottingham Tennis Centre in 2015 captivated the crowd and now she returns as British No. 1 with Grand Slam semi-final experience.

“With fellow Briton Naomi Broady and defending champion Ana Konjuh adding their names to the list alongside Heather Watson, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, it makes for a truly impressive player field that will provide such great entertainment for the fans”

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Azarenka and Keys confirmed for Aegon Open Nottingham

The LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) confirmed today that Victoria Azarenka and Madison Keys will both play at the WTA Aegon Open Nottingham this summer; Saturday 4th – Sunday 12th June 2016. Both players will be making their debuts at the tournament ahead of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.

Azarenka is a two-time Australian Open winner and currently ranks number 15 in the world; there is no doubt she will be one of the biggest names competing at the superb event.

Speaking on her announcement, Victoria Azarenka said: “I’m really looking forward to playing the Aegon Open Nottingham tournament for the first time.

“I know the tournament was new to the calendar last year and I’ve heard great things from other players about the atmosphere, the city and what great preparation it was for the grass-court season ahead.  It’s so important to get time on this surface ahead of Wimbledon, and I can’t wait to get on the grass courts in Nottingham.”

While 21-year-old Keys is one of the rising stars of the women’s game and will be looking to add to her 2014 Aegon International Eastbourne title. She has a proven grass-court pedigree having made the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships.

Officials excited by prospect of stars competing in Aegon Open Nottingham

The prospect of these two world class players playing at the Aegon Open Nottingham will be an exciting one for fans and the officials mirrored that excitement.

The Aegon Open Nottingham (WTA) Tournament Director, Rebecca James, said: “We are delighted to announce such a world-class star of the game for the Aegon Open Nottingham. Not only does Victoria bring one of the most exciting on-court games on the circuit, she is an engaging character off it and will provide great entertainment for fans coming to watch. ”

“It’s great news for the tournament that Madison will also be on court this summer. With these two top players, it shows that the tournament is growing in reputation after a great first year in 2015, I am excited at the prospect of some great tennis and I can’t wait to welcome them both to Nottingham.”

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Aegon Open Nottingham to feature Davis Cup trio in 2016

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has announced that British Davis Cup heroes Kyle Edmund, James Ward and Dan Evans will compete at the ATP Aegon Open Nottingham, Saturday 18th – Saturday 25th June 2016.

Ward and Edmund will return to the ATP Aegon Open Nottingham after competing in 2015, while Evans will be making his debut at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

Evans is the British No.4 and played alongside Andy Murray in Great Britain’s Davis Cup 2016 opener against Japan at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena earlier in the month. On that day Evans was defeated by World No.6 Kei Nishikori but produced a battling display in that difficult encounter.

While 21-year-old Edmund played in Britain’s first Davis Cup victory in 79 years as they beat Belgium in Ghent. While Ward won a vital point for his country coming from two-sets down to beat American, John Isner, eventually prevailing 15-13 in a thrilling final set of their first round tie in Glasgow.

Aegon GB Davis Cup Team captain Leon Smith said: “Nottingham offers a great chance for a number of the Davis Cup players to hone their grass-court game on excellent courts the week before they play at Wimbledon. I also look forward to coming up to the tournament where I know the entry list will again be strong and very competitive.”

British stars looking forward to Aegon Open Nottingham

The trio of Davis Cup stars have all expressed their excitement at playing in one of the biggest events of the British summer.

Edmund, who moved into the world’s top 100 after last year’s Aegon Open Nottingham, said: “I’m really looking forward to playing the Aegon Open in Nottingham again this year. It’s a great opportunity to get some tough grass court matches in before Wimbledon and so much fun being able to play in front of a home crowd.”

Ward, who won his fourth ATP Challenger title in October last year, said: “I always like playing in Nottingham, it has become a big part of my Wimbledon preparations over the years and now with three weeks of grass court events before the Championships, the added opportunity of coming up against some of the world’s best on grass in the East Midlands is even more enticing.”

While Evans said: “As I spend so much time training at the Nottingham Tennis Centre I look forward to playing the men’s ATP event. Often, players do particularly well at the place that they train, so I am hopeful of some good results at the tournament.”

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Aegon Open Nottingham Hospitality Packages – Istomin crowned champion

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin has clinched his first ATP World Tour title at the Aegon Open Nottingham, after defeating American Sam Querrey 7-6(1) 7-6(6) in Saturday’s final in front of a sell-out crowd including Eventmasters Aegon Open Nottingham hospitality packages guests.

The big-serving American, saved two match points and almost levelled the tie having raced ahead 5-1 in the second-set tiebreak. But Istomin, who also became the first Uzbekistani to lift an ATP World Tour title, recovered his composure to land the title. After the match Istomin commented “I was a little bit nervous and he took his chance to break for 5-5. During the tiebreak, I just forgot about the score and I just tried to fight. In the end it worked, and I’m happy to have my first title.”

12th seed and World No. 44 Querrey, who toppled second seed and World No. 13 Gilles Simon in the semi-finals, said his comeback in the final was outdone by some magical moments from his opponent. “It was kind of an emotional rollercoaster toward the end, he came up with some good shots.”

After claiming his first title Istomin can head into Wimbledon full of confidence, he takes on Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the opening round. Earlier in the day, the pairing of Chris Guccione and Andre Sa also lifted their first ATP crown after defeating second seeds Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero 6-2 7-5 in the doubles final on Centre Court.

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Aegon Open Nottingham Hospitality Packages – Simon headlines quarter-finals

Number two seed Giles Simon headline’s a fantastic day of quarter-final action for guests enjoying the Aegon Open Nottingham hospitality packages. The Frenchman takes on the big-serving American Sam Querrey on Centre Court at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Simon eased past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-1 while Querrey took down fifth-seed Pablo Cuevas in two tie-breaks. But there was a major shock when World No.16 Feliciano Lopez lost in straight sets to Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei. Lopez, won only 28% of points on Lu’s second serve and was outplayed by former Wimbledon quarter-finalist. Lu, who is ranked 45 places below the Spaniard.

Joining them will be Italian World No. 56 Simone Bolelli, who brushed aside teenage wildcard Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-3, before Denis Istomin takes on Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, who outlasted Jiri Vesely in two tiebreaks 7-6(2), 7-6(5).

Beginning Thursday’s proceedings will be Bolelli up against former World No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis is in what is to be their first meeting on grass. But the pair have been familiar for a while, says former Australian Open finalist Baghdatis: “We’ve known each other since we were 13 or 14. But when you’re on court, you try to play to win and you don’t think about that too much. He knows my strengths and weaknesses, I know his, so it’s a chess game both ways.”

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Aegon Open Nottingham Hospitality – Record crowds see day of shocks

Day two of the ATP Aegon Open Nottingham attracted record crowds to see the tournament’s top three seeds in action. Eventmasters Aegon Open Nottingham hospitality guests saw some of the world’s biggest stars in action on what turned into a day of shock results.

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis produced the performance of the day to beat World No. 7 David Ferrer 6-2 7-6 (7-4). After the win Baghdatis said “I think I played it smart not to give him any rhythm. I’m very happy about my win today but I have to keep my feet on the ground.”

Spanish third seed Feliciano Lopez made it into the third round with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 win against American teenager Taylor Harry Fritz. British Davis Cup hero James Ward was unable to make it into the second round, as he won his rain delayed first round match to American Tim Smyczek but lost 1-6 7-6(3) 6-1.

Elsewhere 18-year-old former junior world number one Alexander Zverev came from a set down to beat Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4 and set up a third round meeting with Baghdatis. Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who toppled Rafael Nadal at The Queen’s Club last week, overcame 11th seed Spaniard Pablo Andujar in 2 hours 20 minutes 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-4.

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Aegon Open Nottingham Hospitality Packages – Baghdatis and Ferrer meet

Former World No.8 Marcos Baghdatis will play top-seed David Ferrer in the second round of the Aegon Open Nottingham, after beating Victor Estrella Burgos. The game promises to be one of the games of the tournament for Eventmasters Aegon Open Nottingham hospitality packages guests.

The 2006 Australian Open finalist was leading Burgos 7-5, 3-0 when the Dominican was forced to retire with an injury. But despite having little time on the court Baghdatis was pleased with his performance saying, “I’m happy I went through. I have another day of practice tomorrow before my match on Tuesday, so that’s perfect.”

On his match-up with World No. 7 Ferrer, Baghdatis added: “It gives me another challenge, another day of hard work. When you win one or two matches like that, you start to click and feel much better going forwards. I’ll talk a bit with my coach and just find a way to win. It’s going to be interesting.”

Meanwhile Daniel Smethurst of Great Britain fell just short in the final round of qualifying. It leaves three Britons in the main draw, as Aljaz Bedene, Kyle Edmund and James Ward get under way on Monday.

Monday will be a bumper day for British hopes as No. 2 Bedene begins play on Court 1 against Argentine Diego Schwartzman, before No. 3 Edmund and No. 4 Ward entertain the home crowds on Centre Court against Malek Jaziri of Tunisia and American Tim Smyczek respectively.

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