Brit Watch – Murray, Robson, Watson, Bedene, Ward, Evans

Laura Robson withdraws from Roland Garros

Sadly for us British Tennis fans the wait to see Laura Robson back on court goes on. The last time we saw the former British number one play was at the Australian Open last year when she lost 6-3 6-0 to Kirsten Flipkens. Earlier in the year there was talk about her returning to the tour in a couple of events however nothing has happened yet. Things did look promising with her being on the entrants list for Roland Garros but just a couple of weeks before she has pulled out.

Obviously it is sad when a player you support doesn’t play but at the same time the last thing anyone would want would be to be rushed back from a wrist injury and then becoming injured again. I do hope we saw Laura back on the court soon, hopefully we may see her at a grass tournament in England before Wimbledon however we will just have to wait and see.

James Ward’s poor form continues

I said in a recent piece I did that we’ve been saying for so long now that James Ward is on the brink of breaking into the top 100 on the tour. Since about November last year he has been ranked between 101 and 111 and hasn’t found any form yet to get into the top 100. After his Davis Cup heroics for Great Britain in Glasgow I did expect him to push on but he hasn’t.

jw record

As you can see he has a win/loss record since Davis Cup in March of 4 wins to 6 losses but also the average ranking of the players he has lost to in this time is 359. Now obviously the Zverev ranking pushes that up a bit but if you take him out and divide the average ranking by the other four players then it is at 182 and for a player trying to break into the top 100 these are the matches he needs to be winning.

Aljaz Bedene wins Rome Challenger Title

Aljaz has won his first title as a British Citizen in Rome. I watched the match which was close encounter between Bedene and Pavlasek who did cause problems but also caused problems for himself giving Bedene break point opportunities. It’s a very good week for Aljaz who didn’t drop a set and should be back in the world’s top 75 on Monday. You can read my match report below

Aljaz Bedene wins Challenger Title in Rome

Heather Watson’s Rome Draw

After a tough round one loss in Madrid when Heather did have match points v Marino she now faces another tough opening round draw in Rome this time against Roberta Vinci. Vinci as we know is a very good doubles player and Heather has had some joy in the past beating her on her way to winning the title Hobart earlier this year. In the second round Heather could face Carla Suarez Navarro who did come close to beating as well earlier this year and maybe Eugenie Bouchard in round three. She does have a tough draw but it would be nice to see her get to round three in Rome.

Dan Evans wins ITF Futures in Egypt

In Dan’s first tournament since February he was the eigth seed going into the tournament and came out with the trophy. Without Dan playing since then his ranking had dropped for 772 and should be back on the rise after his win Egypt. On his way to winning the title he had to defeat the top seed Marko Tepavac in the quarter finals defeating the Serbian 6-1 3-6 6-3.

Dan beat Baris Erguden from Turkey in the final without serve being broke winning the final 6-2 6-7 6-3. It would be virtually impossible for Dan to get a direct entrant into Wimbledon but if he can carry on from this excellent week on the ITF Circuit and even the Challenger Circuit then he could get a wildcard at Wimbledon?

Andy Murray wins Madrid Masters title

With the most incredible performance Murray defeated Nadal in Madrid on clay to win the Masters 1000 title! This was the biggest win of his career since Wimbledon and another sensational victory following previous round wins v Raonic and Nishikori!

Murray has been playing some incredible tennis this season and especially over the last 11 days where he won 2 clay court titles and 11 matches in 11 days! His 2 handed backhand and serve has been incredibly brilliant and kept Nadal guessing with the backhand as he kept him guessing with the down the line or cross court!

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