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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2880 on: December 14, 2014, 07:04 PM »
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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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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2881 on: December 24, 2014, 05:00 PM »
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Positive piece about Broady in yesterday's Independent.  How sad that his father refuses to talk to him now:

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/liam-broady-finds-a-route-to-the-stars-9941062.html
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2882 on: January 06, 2015, 10:59 PM »
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According to the Daily Fail (which I don't like as a paper, but I like Mike and his Tennis coverage and follow him on twitter) Aljaz Bedene rushed through his paperwork, the citizenship and English tests, to ensure he had them in before 1st Jan 2015 when the ITF changed its rules to prevent players who change nationality playing for 2 different countries in Davis Cup matches.  He has his eyes on the US Tie in March - I still think Wardy will be player 2
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2883 on: January 11, 2015, 01:43 PM »
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Aljaz was defeated by Stan in Chennai Final - Aljaz has had a hell of a tournament - taking out 3 seeds (3rd, 5th and another) on the way to the final after coming through qualifying
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2884 on: January 11, 2015, 02:02 PM »
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Aljaz was defeated by Stan in Chennai Final - Aljaz has had a hell of a tournament - taking out 3 seeds (3rd, 5th and another) on the way to the final after coming through qualifying

I watched this match. Aljaz has a a good first and second serve which makes a difference. Didn't seem to be that flustered by a final against Wawrinka but the Swiss looked confident. Was a bit shocked that Stan could not hold a cricket bat properly (to dispense balls to the crowd after). Picked up as  a woman usually does. Just an observation from past experience of playing mixed cricket not a slur on women kind nor Stan! For those interested he reversed his grip, right handed, to right above left hand.  Made his strike very flat batted!
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2885 on: January 11, 2015, 02:25 PM »
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When he becomes ours we may need his own thread LOL
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2886 on: January 17, 2015, 01:20 PM »
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Bedene followed that up by qualifying for the Aussie Open - although he has drawn Djokovic in R1.
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2887 on: January 17, 2015, 01:33 PM »
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Bedene followed that up by qualifying for the Aussie Open - although he has drawn Djokovic in R1.

I see that he is 108 in the rankings as a Slovak. Does he change to British for ATP purposes at some stage? Probably discussed before but I missed that bit!
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2888 on: January 17, 2015, 01:42 PM »
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I see that he is 108 in the rankings as a Slovak. Does he change to British for ATP purposes at some stage? Probably discussed before but I missed that bit!
Slovenian actually.

He's waiting for it to be approved, so he's not officially 'British' yet but will do once the approval has gone through (hopefully soon).
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2889 on: January 17, 2015, 02:06 PM »
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Slovenian actually.

He's waiting for it to be approved, so he's not officially 'British' yet but will do once the approval has gone through (hopefully soon).

Thank you. Me being so old I remember when all these small countries were as one Czechoslovakia. I must check my maps so I do not confuse the modern countries again!
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Re: The Other British Men « Reply #2890 on: January 17, 2015, 07:46 PM »
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Haha yes it's quite a common mistake that one, which is little surprise given there's just a two letter difference.
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