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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2565 on: June 09, 2013, 12:52 PM »
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Baker qualifies and will face one of Matosevic, Paire, Berankis or Rosol (who he lost to at the AO).

Alex Ward takes out the 4th Q seed to qualify in Blois.

Ward-Hibbert is up 7-6, 5-5 in his FQR match against UNR (doubles player) 33yo Jordan Kerr (who took out Kyrgios in the last round). This is JWH's first ever challenger.

Edit: Josh just won 7-6, 7-5. Qualifies for Nottingham-2 and I think the 3 points he gets as a result is the biggest haul he's had.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2566 on: June 20, 2013, 12:56 PM »
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Good to see Jamie & John doing well at Eastbourne. Came back from a set down to beat 3rd seeds Paes & Stepanek 1-6 6-3 10-5. They play 1st seeds Peya & Soares  in the SF today.

The other SF has Marray v Nielsen!  Colin & Jonny v Nielsen & Matowski
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2567 on: June 21, 2013, 03:27 PM »
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Nice start for Colin & Jonny in Eastbourne final v Peya & Soares (WR 2). Serving at 3-1

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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2568 on: June 21, 2013, 04:16 PM »
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One set all. Sadly, after losing only one point on serve in the 2nd set (with a DF), Marray then did 3 DFs in a row at 3-4 and got broken. 

Now 4-4 in MTB

another 2 DFs from Marray in the MTB, must be awful for him.

Edit again: Such a shame, P & S won 10 - 8 in MTB.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2569 on: June 29, 2013, 04:55 PM »
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Jamie Baker is retiring

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jun/29/jamie-baker-retires-tennis
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2570 on: June 29, 2013, 06:19 PM »
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Really gutted about this, I really like his game and he seems like such a great lad. Broke the top 200 last year, and then qualified for the AO this year with some very impressive results. All seemed to be going so well, but since then he's struggled to get wins.

He's the first I've heard (mid 20's player in 200s/300s to retire), but he definitely won't be the last. The disgusting state of tennis outside the top level will see to that. Less challengers than ever before, ridiculously stacked futures and no-one at the top gives a ****. These guys simply can't afford it any more. It's little surprise there's so few players breaking through when any poor run of form is virtually career-ending.

James McGee's blog is a real insight into how difficult it is to survive (let alone improve) on the Challenger/Futures circuit. He lost two years of his career just trying to stay afloat, and how he keeps motivated and improving without a coach or any support of any kind is beyond me. He's made some real inroads on the challenger tour lately (breaking the top 250), so hopefully he can continue to progress.

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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2571 on: July 23, 2013, 03:45 PM »
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Pleased to see James Ward beat Rochus (2) in 1st round of Lexington Challenger, 6-2 6-3. He has very few points to defend for the rest of the year, so hope he can move up the rankings again. He's back to GB no 2

Dan Evans went out to 8th seed Jaziri in same tournament.

Elsewhere wins for Colin (playing with a smile on my face) & Jonny in Atlanta, and for Jamie M an& John in Gstaad
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2572 on: July 29, 2013, 02:42 PM »
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James Ward 179 in current live rankings won the Leington Challenger seems to be playing great
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2573 on: July 29, 2013, 03:24 PM »
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Jamie Murray wins the Gstaad Tournament in Switzerland...

http://www.flashscores.co.uk/draw/GIcSc1NQ/YsAGGEXQ/#draw
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2574 on: July 29, 2013, 03:49 PM »
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James Ward 179 in current live rankings won the Leington Challenger seems to be playing great

In yesterday's Sunday Times magazine there was an article about James and his father. Quite complementary
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2575 on: September 04, 2013, 05:16 PM »
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Ward (seeded 7th), Edmund (in his first Challenger event) and Golding (first challenger win outside UK) all won today in the Brasov challenger - first time in 2 years that three Brits have all made R2 of the same challenger.

Ward had to come from 1-5 down in the 3rd - saving an MP en route - coming back to win it 7-6(5). Brilliant effort.

Kyle beat an up and coming 22yo ranked about 50 places above him and Olly (who only got in as lucky loser) beat a player ranked 150 places above him. Olly was twice a break down in the decider, then served for the match, got broken, and thankfully broke his opponent straight back for the match. Said afterwards he struggled to serve with the wind, but battled well.

Kyle will rise to the brink of the top 300 and is the 2nd highest ranked junior on tour by a fair margin now (with Quinzi in the 380s). He faces the top seed Haider-Maurer in R2 - the guy who beat Gulbis at the USO.

Olly faces the 4th seed Lajovic and James takes on Gerald Melzer (Jurgen's younger brother). Hopefully at least one of them can get through to the QFs.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2576 on: September 04, 2013, 07:15 PM »
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^^ got back to find Wardy down 4-5 in the 3rd - didn't realise quite what an effort his fightback to the win had been!
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2577 on: September 06, 2013, 05:52 PM »
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Liam Broady (remember him?! Top ranked junior in the world at 16, once junior #2 and two time junior slam Champ) has just made his first Futures final, thrashing Dan Cox (about to return to the top 300) 6-2, 6-2. And in the final he plays another up and comer - 20yo Rob Carter, ranked #1188 in the world. Great weeks for both of them and fantastic chance for Liam to win his first title.

Liam will FINALLY break his CH in the 600s he set at 17.

Unfortunately in Brasov Kyle had to withdraw due to food poisoning (and he wasn't the only one..) whilst Oli and James both lost quite convincingly in R2.

21yo Richard Gabb has also made his 2nd successive SF, thrashing top 300 player Marie 3&2 today. Plays top 200 player (and top seed) Ilhan for the second week running at this stage. Richard will break the top 500 now.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2578 on: September 06, 2013, 05:59 PM »
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Liam Broady (remember him?! Top ranked junior in the world at 16, once junior #2 and two time junior slam Champ) has just made his first Futures final, thrashing Dan Cox (about to return to the top 300) 6-2, 6-2. And in the final he plays another up and comer - 20yo Rob Carter, ranked #1188 in the world. Great weeks for both of them and fantastic chance for Liam to win his first title.

Liam will FINALLY break his CH in the 600s he set at 17.

Unfortunately in Brasov Kyle had to withdraw due to food poisoning (and he wasn't the only one..) whilst Oli and James both lost quite convincingly in R2.

21yo Richard Gabb has also made his 2nd successive SF, thrashing top 300 player Marie 3&2 today. Plays top 200 player (and top seed) Ilhan for the second week running at this stage. Richard will break the top 500 now.

Thanks for the update. Can I have the final sentence about Liam Broady in normal, rather than tennis English please. I am probably being denser than usual, but you have completely lost me.

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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2579 on: September 07, 2013, 12:16 PM »
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Liam wins 6-2, 6-1 to claim his first pro title and will now break the top 600 for the first time.

Thanks for the update. Can I have the final sentence about Liam Broady in normal, rather than tennis English please. I am probably being denser than usual, but you have completely lost me.

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Sorry - CH is career high, or the highest he's ever been ranked. At the tender of age of just 17 he was ranked in the top 700 in the world, but since then has fallen back and fell out of the top 1000 last year.

After this week, he will finally break that career high he set in 2011 and set a new one in the 500s.
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