British Pairs progress in Montpellier

By Philip James

Round-up of British men in action

The Brits enjoyed a successful start to the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Monday, as all those in doubles action won their first round matches.

Number one seeds Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray beat French pairing Gael Monfils and Josselin Ouanna,  7-5 7-6(5).

Another all British team, Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski, are the fourth seeds and saw off the German team of Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich, 7-5 5-7 10-5.  

Meanwhile Jamie Murray began his new partnership with Australian John Peers with victory over the Australian-Finish pairing of Rameez Junaid and Jarkko Nieminen, 7-6(2) 6-2.

The sixth British man in the doubles draw, Dominic Inglot, and his regular partner Treat Huey are the third seeds and they face the Thai twins, Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana in the first round.

If Inglot and Huey win they will face Murray and Peers in the second round, while the two all-British teams are scheduled to meet in the semi final should they both progress from round two.

Meanwhile on the Challenger tour, James Ward starts his singles campaign at the Charles Sturt Adelaide International against seventh seed James Duckworth tomorrow .

Ward, who beat the Australian at the Burnie International last week, will be looking to bounce back from his first round doubles defeat today.

Unfortunately James Baker lost in the first round of qualifying for the PBZ Zagreb Indoors in Croatia.