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The Other British Men

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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2880 on: December 14, 2014, 07:04 PM »

A new first time singles champion this week as Josh Ward-Hibbert captures his first singles title on the main tour. Same age as Broady and once a top 10 junior but has struggled a lot in the last year or two. All went downhill when he left Soto for the NTC incidentally, and he's returned to form since leaving.

A great week this week as 8th seed saw him beat the 4th seed 1&5 and thrash the 6th seed 2&0, before today seeing off the 5th seed 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 (having lead 6-2, 3-1, 15-40 at one point - and then 5-2 in the third) for the title.

Josh should rise into the top 600 for the first time now, and joins a myriad of players in the 500s.

This year has seen great years for most of the top 13 (bar Murray and Evans) with most making significant progress (a few - Smethurst and Alex Ward - heavily disrupted by injuries). However sadly the rest have not done so well (given there were 19 in the top 500 at one point a year or two ago - but far less in the top 300), with a fair few players falling back and others retiring completely.

Hopefully those in the top 400 that have progressed so well can continue to push on next season (and there's no reason why they won't - particularly the likes of Broady, Edmund, Willis, etc), whilst those lurking in the 500s like Bambridge and Ward-Hibbert can really push on.
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