BritWatch is our regular Friday piece introducing where each of our British players is playing in the upcoming week, whether it be on the ATP/WTA tours, the ITF Futures circuit, or further down at national, junior and collegiate level.
Week 17 – 25th April – 2nd May 2016
The clay court season continues apace with several more top level ATP and WTA events on the red, although further down the spectrum things are a little quieter, especially at ITF Futures level.
ATP World Tour
There are three ATP 250 events this week, and Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund remain in different areas of the world. Bedene looks like he may sneak a seeding at the ATP 250 in Istanbul this week, while Edmund is one of the lowest direct entrants into the draw in Estoril, Spain.
ATP Challenger Tour
James Ward continues his attempts to find some form at the $50k event in Tallahassee, Florida, but the major interest this week is in at the Taiwan $75k, where Dan Evans will be seeded and Liam Broady has snuck into the main draw thanks to a couple of withdrawals ahead of him.
The only name in $25k action this week is Herbie McKenna Morgan, who is in qualifying for the $25k + H event in Abuja, Nigeria, although he’s also registered for a Grade 5 Junior event in Botswana this week. All the rest of the British interest is at $10k level: the Brits start to thin in Greece, with only four entrants, and three in qualifying, with Joshua Paris (seeded), George Davies and Ben Davis attempting to join Scott Clayton in the main draw. Rhett Purcell is back in action this week in India, where he enters qualifying. Toby Martin sneaks into the main draw in Italy but will do well to improve his recent poor form, while in Turkey, six players bid to join Richard Gabb in the main draw: 7th seed Joel Cannell and 14th seed Imran Aswat, as well as Jamie Praditngam, Pierre Luiggi, Luke Stevenson and Patrick Foley. Finally, Samuel Beddow is in qualifying for the $10k on clay in the States.
AEGON British Tour
The British Tour is a Tier 2 event this week, and takes place over an extended weekend, with no qualifying. The top four seeds will be Marcus Walters, Clay Crawford, Sam Price and Joshua Sapwell, but the likes of Ross Watson, Sean Hodkin, Robert Leck and Neil Cordon have the ability to ruffle a few feathers.
There are no Grade 1 events this week, so our action starts at Grade 2 level in Italy, where Alastair Gray will be seeded. Meanwhile, at the Grade 2 in Romania, Alexis Canter continues his nomadic travels. He’ll be the top seed here. Elsewhere, at Grade 4 level, Emile Hudd and Max Benaim are high seeds in Israel.
Johanna Konta was set to be the second set at the WTA International in Rabat, Morocco, but has since withdrawn, leaving just Laura Robson in the main draw. Similarly, Heather Watson was due to play in Prague, but has since withdrawn, with Naomi Broady moving into the main draw thanks to several other withdrawals.
Tara Moore is in qualifying for the $50k event in the States, and she’s the player at the highest level of ITF event this week. At the $25k in Switzerland (on clay), both Amanda Carreras and Harriet Dart are seeded in qualifying. Onto the $10ks: In Egypt, Katie Boulter makes the main draw, while Sam Murray, Eden Silva and Yasmina El Sayed are in a tiny qualifying draw, if it actually happens. In Greece, Sarah Beth Grey makes the main draw while Kasia & Ola Pitak are both in qualifying again. Lisa Whybourn is in Italy, and Mirabelle Njoze returns to Tunisia, joining Sabrina Bamburac in the main draw.
AEGON British Tour
A really interesting-looking draw for the Tier 2 event in Northumberland this weekend, with no WTA-Ranked players but plenty of promising juniors around. Louise Holtum will likely be top seed, but the likes of Anna Loughlan, Gemma Heath, Camille Verden Anderson, Anna Popescu and Sonay Kartal could well secure some decent runs through the main draw.
At the Grade 2 event in Italy, Jodie Anna Burrage and Ali Collins are in main draw action, while Julie Ball is in action at the Grade 3 in Algeria. Meanwhile there are only 11 entries at the main draw for the Grade 5 in Botswana, with Erika Batista Dodridge the last one.