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 19 – 9th – 16th May 2016
The clay court season rolls on apace, with yet more ATP Masters and elite WTA action this week, as well as several Challenger events on the hard courts of the Far East.
ATP World Tour
There’s another ATP Masters 100 event this week, in Rome. Andy Murray of course will be back in action, once again as the second seed, while this time Aljaz Bedene does sign up for qualifying and will likely be seeded. There’s no sign of Kyle Edmund.
ATP Challenger Tour
There’s plenty of British interest at the $100k Challenger in Seoul, Korea. Dan Evans is in the main draw and will be hoping to continue his excellent form of late. In qualifying, Liam Broady is top seed, Alex Ward is second seed and Lloyd Glasspool is seventh seed, while Ed Corrie and James Marsalek are also involved. Joshua Milton was on the entry list but does not appear in the qualifying draw. Meanwhile, at the €85k in Bordeaux, France, James Ward is the last direct entrant into the main draw.
Once again, there are no takers at the $25k in Nigeria, so all entrants this week are at $10k events. Dylan Gee is in Algeria qualifying, while Martin Baker, Luke Oakley and top seed Toby Martin will all be looking to join Neil Pauffley in the main draw in Croatia. Rhett Purcell is once again over in India looking for another ranking point: he’s in qualifying again. In Italy, Curtis Clarke and Jay Clarke are once again in action, with both brothers in qualifying this week. In Mexico, Luke Bambridge remains in main draw action, while Farris Gosea is in qualifying again, and is joined by perennial qualifier Joe Cooper, who was last seen in Azerbaijan. The return of an event in Portugal to the calendar once again attracts Brits, with Evan Hoyt and Scott Clayton in the main draw, while Jonny O’Mara, Marcus Walters and Marco Wright are in qualifying. Dan Dowson is in the main draw in Tunisia, with James Allemby in qualifying. And in yet another event in Turkey, Joshua Paris and Ben Davis will strive to come through qualifying.
With no British Tour action this week, most of our youngsters are focused on the junior circuit, but there aren’t many in action: Ewan Moore is the only male attendee at the Grade 1 event in Italy this week, while further down the colour chart, Adam Jones is in action at Grade 3 level in Morocco, with Aaron Hepburn in qualifying. Finally, Henry Jones makes the main draw of the Grade 4 event in Turkey.
Just the one main event in the WTA Tour this week, and it’s alongside the Masters event in Rome – and it’s a WTA Premier 5. Johanna Konta is in the main draw, while Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady are all in qualifying, with Robson entered on a protected ranking.
There’s a huge $100k event in Slovakia this week but none of our Brits fancy it, so we’ll settle for Amanda Carreras taking part in qualifying for the $50k + H in France – on clay. Katy Dunne is at the grass court event in Japan – another $50k, and she’s in the main draw. At $25k level, Mirabelle Njoze once again tries her luck in qualifying in Tunisia, and elsewhere it’s all about the $10ks. Eden Silva is in qualifying in Egypt, although from the tiny size of the draw, it looks like she may well make the main draw after all. Suzy Larkin, who last played on the competitive circuit in 2007, is in qualifying in Italy, while Gabi Taylor, Lisa Whybourn and Sarah Beth Grey all show up at the clay event in Spain, with Ellie Tsimbilakis in qualifying. Finally, in Turkey, Harriet Dart, Francesca Stephenson and Jazzamay Drew are in the main draw, with Savannah Sills and Lisa Phillips in qualifying.
Interestingly enough, Katie Swan ducks down into junior action for the Grade 1 event in Italy this week, and is joined in the main draw by Emily Appleton. Aside from that, though, there are very few Brits involved this week: Eleanor Scarff and Alexandra Yardley are in qualifying over in Turkey at the Grade 4 event, while 13-year-old Erika Batista Dodridge needs just one win to reach the main draw of the Grade 5 event in Namibia.