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 25 – 20th – 27th June 2016
It’s here. Wimbledon. Okay, not the main event, exactly, but there are Brits attempting qualifying for the grass court Slam, having been handed wildcards. Elsewhere, there’s a an ATP 250 in Nottingham and a WTA Premier in Eastbourne, and a healthy ITF Futures program, and, of course, Brits in action on the Junior circuit. Plus, the British Tour is back this week, with an event in Oxford.
Wildcards have been given to Dan Cox, Marcus Willis, Dan Smethurst, Lloyd Glasspool, Ed Corrie and Joe Salisbury.
ATP World Tour
There should be plenty of British interest once again at the ATP 250 in Nottingham, with Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans having originally been in qualifying but having gained direct entry thanks to withdrawals further up in the entry list. That has allowed wildcards to be handed to Liam Broady, Brydan Klein, Alexander Ward and James Ward for the main draw. Meanwhile, in qualifying, Ryan Storrie and Jay Clarke have both been handed wildcards, while Lloyd Glasspool sneaks in, as does Joshua Milton.
A few interesting $25k events to take note of this week: in Canada, Farris Gosea is in the main draw, while Elliott Farmer is in qualifying, while in Spain, Joshua Paris and Troy Dixon are in qualifying. Finally, in the States, it’s great to see our brightest college prospect, Cameron Norrie, in the main draw in Tulsa, OK. At the $10ks across the globe, Belgium plays host to Mason Recci and Jamie Praditngam in qualifying, while Jonathan Gray is once again over in qualifying in Hong Kong. In Romania, Max Andrews is once again in qualifying, while Andrew Watson and Josh Wilson are in qualifying in the States. Finally, Samuel Ferguson and Joe Cooper take on qualifying in Zimbabwe.
AEGON British Tour
The British Tour rolls into Oxford this week with a Tier 2 event, and while there’s no really big names in action, the likes of Marcus Walters and Jonthan Binding will be regarded as favourites to claim the trophy, although Jamie Malik, returning from college, will be an interesting floater to watch, as well as the likes of Toby Mitchell and Vincent Gillespie.
Not huge amounts going on with our Boys this week: Liu Hui Rettalick is in qualifying for the Grade 4 event in Thailand, while Ewen Lumsden and Barnaby Smith are due to be seeded at the Grade 5 event in Denmark, with Oliver Mayo, Ronan Sahni and Samuel Pointon in qualifying.
Wildcards have been given to Freya Christie, Harriet Dart, Katy Dunne, Gabi Taylor, and wildcard playoff winners Lisa Whybourn and Maia Lumsden.
In Eastbourne, Johanna Konta will be seeded 11th, while Heather Watson also makes the main draw. Main draw wildcards are handed to Naomi Broady and Tara Moore, with qualifying wildcards handed to Laura Robson, Freya Christie, Katy Dunne and Jodie Burrage.
Tiffany William is once again in qualifying for the $25k in France, but other than that there’s no uptake of Brits at $25ks as many remain in the UK to focus on grass-court preparation and qualification. Mirabelle Njoze and Sabrina Bamburac should make the main draw of the $10k in Egypt, while Robyn Beddow enters qualifying over in Korea.Emily Dowdeswell Koti is once again over in qualifying in Mauritius, while 14-year-old Chloe Compson has a go at qualifying in Holland. In Portugal, Beth Grey is in the main draw, and Eden Silva and Dominique Covington will be hoping to join her through qualifying, while Francesca Stephenson is in the main draw in Slovenia. Finally, in Turkey, Suzy Larkin and Chelsea May Samways are qualifying DAs with Soumeya Anane and Natasha Hillyer qualifying wildcards.
AEGON British Tour
The big favourites (and probably the top two seeds) in Oxford will be Holly Hutchinson and Serena Nash, both of whom will be heading off to college in the States next academic year. There’s plenty of other players who will make an impact, though, with the likes of Ellie-Rose Griffiths, Mollie Crouch, Nell Miller and Lauryn John-Baptiste all itching to do well on the grass.
Sofia Antipatis joins Retallick in Thailand Grade 4 qualifying, while at the Grade 5 in Denmark, Maria Budin is in the main draw (seeded 6th) and joined in qualifying by Veronika Hughes. Kate Cunningham will be in the main draw of the Grade 5 event in Bermuda.