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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2535 on: May 10, 2013, 12:43 AM »
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Ward lost 3&4 in the 2nd round to Di Wu, the Chinese #2. A player on the rise, that one.

3 Brits into Newcastle SFs. Evans lost to Hewitt, who will play Smethurst in SFs. Willis beat top Aussie prospect Kubler in 3 sets (great win there) and will play Michon who edged Bambridge in 3.

Evan Hoyt picked up his first ATP point and O'Mara picked up his 2nd (beat Alex Ward 4-6, 6-2, 6-0).
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2536 on: May 11, 2013, 03:10 PM »
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Great news today - two Brits claim their maiden titles on the tour!

Ashley Hewitt defeated 2nd seed Axel Michon in the Newcastle final, coming from 4-6, 1-4 down to record a stunning 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 victory. Beat the Bournemouth champ and top three seeds to claim the title. Really impressive stuff. Was ranked 1900 on a single ranking point just 7 months ago. Will now rise to brink of top 500.

James Marsalek, also 21, was 2nd seed in Israel, and straight-setted the top seed today to claim his first title. Will also rise into the top 600, around 550ish.

Meanwhile Tom Farquharson (also 21!), made his 4th SF of the year, and was just edged out by former top 100 player Ilhan 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Will rise to 630ish, almost halving his ranking from the start of the year.

Kyle Edmund the 4th Brit to make an SF this week, plays later today against top seed Gerald Melzer (Jurgen's little bro), who is 13-0 in this tournament - two time defending champion. Kyle is on a 8 match winning run though, so a bit of a titanic match-up (for that level!). Best of luck to him.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2537 on: May 11, 2013, 03:27 PM »
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^^ Good news. I do hope some of these players will progress, and we'll get to see some of them - they are mostly just names to me at the moment.

Do we know what's happened to James Ward? Sudden drop in form in his last singles match, winning one game in the doubles, then pulling out of Busan next week? Hope he's not injured.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2538 on: May 11, 2013, 11:01 PM »
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So apparently former-Aussie Brydan Klein is now the British #3.

Was top 200 at 19, got suspended for 6 months for a racial slur, never been the same since.

Great.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2539 on: May 12, 2013, 07:14 PM »
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So apparently former-Aussie Brydan Klein is now the British #3.

Was top 200 at 19, got suspended for 6 months for a racial slur, never been the same since.

Great.

Hmm. As you say - great.

Maybe it will give some of the others more motivation to push up the rankings. I see Dan Evans is trying....http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2322482/Dan-Evans-desperate-Wimbledon-singles-draw.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2540 on: May 12, 2013, 07:42 PM »
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So apparently former-Aussie Brydan Klein is now the British #3.

Was top 200 at 19, got suspended for 6 months for a racial slur, never been the same since.

Great.

Just what we need.  Not.   Hope he learned his lesson.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2541 on: May 13, 2013, 12:30 PM »
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Brydan Klein lost his match this morning.

Oli Golding (WR 509) just won his match v 3rd seed Sandro Ehrat (WR 297) in Italy Futures 4-6 6-3 6-3. Brilliant! Seems to be improving after his injury break.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2542 on: May 13, 2013, 12:38 PM »
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Does British tennis really need Brydan Klein?

I see Boggo is slowly climbing back up the rankings. Highest for 3 years.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2543 on: May 13, 2013, 01:03 PM »
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Does British tennis really need Brydan Klein?


He's not exactly getting a warm welcome. His mum is British apparently, and it seems he wanted to get away from negative media attention. He'll get none of that here of course!

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Intriguing that while Klein shows as GB3 in the rankings, no less than 18 Brits have picked up more ATP pts than him since the start of 2013
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2544 on: May 17, 2013, 03:31 PM »
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As Elena mentioned in the Evans thread, Dan into the final in Sweden.

But also worth noting that Jack Carpenter stunned Robin Kern (the junior who took Broady to 13-11 in the third in Wimbledon QFs in 2011, now ranked in the 300s on tour), 9-7 in the final set TB (having saved 2 MPs).

And he'll play Tom Farquharson (in his FIFTH semi-final of the year, currently 0-4). One will make their first final.

David Rice and Josh Goodall also make SFs in Greece. Both in opposite halves of draw. Rice plays last year's junior #1 Peliwo, who has finally found a bit of form of late after struggling on tour.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2545 on: May 18, 2013, 12:30 PM »
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Three Brits playing ATP qualifying this week (in Dusseldorf).

Alex Ward thrashed former #33 Vinciguerra 1&1, but Milton lost 3&0 to a wild card ranked in the 600s.

Oli Golding is currently a set apiece (6-4, 2-6) with world #125 Illya Marchenko.

Meanwhile David Rice has beaten former junior #1 Peliwo 3&4 to make the final in Greece, and Dan Evans has won the Sweden FU.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2546 on: May 18, 2013, 01:29 PM »
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Good news all round, I'd say.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2547 on: May 18, 2013, 03:07 PM »
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Golding edged out 7-6 in the third, and then in QR2 Ward loses by an almost identical scoreline (6-4, 2-6, 7-6) to Pella (WR103) having had 4MPs when Pella served to stay in it.

Heartbreaking.

Goodall lost to an 18yo American ranked in the 1300s, so it is Halebian who will play Rice in the final.

Farquharson now 0-5 in SFs this year, losing this time to Jack Carpenter 7-5 in the 3rd. Painful. First final for Jack though.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2548 on: May 18, 2013, 03:33 PM »
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Thanks for updates MH, busy day!

Well done Dan Evans - That should get him back into top 300 shouldn't it?
Tough luck Alex Ward & Oli, with such close matches.
Good win for David Rice v Peliwo

Some doubles players back in action in Dusseldorf this week - Colin Fleming back (from injury) with Jonny Marray, Jamie M back (from celebrity golf?) with John Peers.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2549 on: May 22, 2013, 05:56 PM »
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Dusseldorf QFs: Jamie M & John Peers v Colin & Jonny Marray. Dom Inglot also in top half of draw.

Marray's Wimbledon partner Freddie Nielsen is in the other half, already through to the SF and so picking up some doubles points with Andre Sa. His singles career isn't going too well really, getting knocked out in the 1st round of two Challengers qualifying and one Futures tournament in Italy over the last month - which earned him $176. I think he'll drop out of top 500 next week. Maybe time to concentrate on doubles....?

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