All Brits were eliminated in singles by the end of the first week at Wimbledon but how was their overall grass court season?
Men’s Singles: Cameron Norrie , Dan Evans , Andy Murray, Liam Broady, Ryan Peniston, Jan Choinski, Arthur Fery, George Loffhagen, Daniel Cox, Johannus Monday, Stuart Parker, Harry Wendelken, Charles Broom, Luca Pow, Toby Samuel, Billy Harris
LONDON, ENGLAND – Liam Broady and Katie Boulter were the best British singles performers at Wimbledon as all the Brits were eliminated in the first week but how was the rest of their grass court season?
It was a disappointing Wimbledon for the British singles players as there was no representation in the second week despite positive wins from Liam Broady and Katie Boulter. However there were plenty of positives for the Brits to take into the second half of the season. Baring that in mind, let’s analyse the Brits grass court season’s in full and see who had a successful grass court season and who has room to improve.
A bright start to the grass court season ultimately ended in disaster for Cameron Norrie as he lost to eventual quarter-finalist and in-form American Christopher Eubanks in the second round of Wimbledon. Norrie’s disappointing Wimbledon result didn’t result in any loss of ranking points which is the only silver lining as the Brit will need to step up his game as he has a big chunk of ranking points to defend over the US hard court swing.
Dan Evans’ disappointing form continued over the grass court swing as he couldn’t resurrect a calamitous first two sets against Quentin Halys. Evans will be hoping he can pick up his form in America, a place where the Brit traditionally does well in with the Brit having semi-final points to defend in Canada.
Andy Murray’s decision to prioritise the grass court season showed early signs of being successful having won two Challenger level titles in Surbiton and Nottingham. However it was clear the level in quality was too much for Murray to handle and his Wimbledon defeat against Stefanos Tsitsipas exposed his lack of energy in pressure moments and is seen as a missed opportunity given Tsitsipas’ form. Now Murray looks to regain motivation and momentum in America as he will aim to be seeded for the US Open.
Liam Broady once again had a Wimbledon to remember as he recorded his career best win as he defeated Casper Ruud to reach the third round to remember. Broady was one of the last Brit’s remaining in the draw and will now look to use that as motivation for the rest of the season as he edges towards a place in the world’s top 100.
Despite a good performance at Queen’s Club it was a disappointing grass court season for Ryan Peniston who will now look to pick up his form on the Challenger circuit. However Peniston did end the grass court season on Centre Court against Murray in an experience he won’t forget for a long time to come.
Although grass isn’t Jan Choinski’s favourite surface, the Brit ended this time of the season with a win on his Wimbledon debut as the world number 164 looks to use that as motivation to boost his form for the rest of the season.
Arthur Fery produced some very clean tennis to test Daniil Medvedev to his limit with his unique attacking game style. Now the Brit is considering turning professional as he looks to use this grass court season as motivation to continue his rise up the rankings.
It was a grass court season to remember for George Loffhagen after the Brit reached his first Challenger quarter-final and pushed some of the ATP’s best to the limit. Now the Brit looks to continue his development on the Futures circuit as his future is looking very bright.
Daniel Cox produced some good grass court results including qualifying for Surbiton as he would have felt hard done by in not receiving a main draw wildcard for Wimbledon. Cox will now look to use that as motivation to push up the rankings and continue his steady progress and development.
A positive Wimbledon campaign for Johannus Monday who not only won a qualifying match at Wimbledon but won on his Wimbledon debut in the doubles event. Now Monday looks to enter the world’s top 500 as he looks to be more consistent in the second half of the season.
Harry Wendelken produced some positive performances which ultimately saw him qualifying for the main draw of the Surbiton Challenger. Now the Brit looks to turn performances into results in the second half of the season.
An incredible run to the quarter-finals at Ilkley has setCharles Broom up perfectly for the rest of the season. The Brit now knows he’s capable of achieving deep runs at Challenger level as he aims to improve his ranking over the next six months in order to compete at that level more regularly.
Toby Samuel will look to use his first Qualifying round win at Wimbledon as a platform to improve his confidence for the rest of the season with the Brit also earning a debut win in the doubles event at Wimbledon.
Billy Harris picked up some very good results on the grass court season including qualifying for a Challenger event as well as beating Constant Lestienne at Queen’s Club. Harris then came so close to qualifying for the main draw for Wimbledon and will now look to use these positive performances as a platform to build on with the Brit targeting a place in the world’s top 300.
Katie Boulter had a grass court season to remember after winning her first WTA title in Nottingham, becoming the new British number one as well as reaching the third round at Wimbledon for a second consecutive year. Now Boulter looks to take the momentum into the rest of the season as she looks set to enter the US Open main draw automatically.
A grass court season full of firsts for Jodie Burrage as she reached her first WTA final in Nottingham as well as a first Wimbledon win. Burrage will look to use this as a platform for bigger things as she is now into the world’s top 100 for the first time in her career.
Harriet Dartproduced some impressive performances and wins during this grass court season including gaining victories over Anhelina Kalinina on two separate occasions. However Dart has a lot of reflecting to do as the Brit once again suffered an early exit at Wimbledon in what was a winnable match for Dart.
Sonay Kartal continued her development on grass courts by producing consistent wins and gaining valuable experiences. Now Kartal will look to elevate her ranking inside the world’s top 250 as she looks to fulfil her potential on a regular basis.
Katie Swan’s run to the Surbiton final should give her belief that she can replicate Boulter and Burrage’s recent successes. Another strong performance against a top player in the form of Belinda Bencic will only solidify Swan’s confidence heading into the second half of the season.
Despite failing to replicate last year’s Wimbledon run, Heather Watson will be satisfied with her grass court season in general after going deep in Nottingham. The question remains whether Watson can find consistency throughout the rest of the year as she looks to play at bigger tournaments more regularly.
Anna Brogan’s wins over some talented players at Wimbledon qualifying should give the Brit confidence that she can breakthrough on the main tour in the near future. Now the 25 year-old will look to maintain this high level of play throughout the rest of the year and give herself more opportunities of competing at this level.
There are lots of positives for Isabelle Lacy to take from this grass court season as he run to the Girls doubles final with Klugman should give her the platform to continue her development and improve her potential even further.
Yuriko Lily Miyazaki’s positive run in Surbiton will have given her a platform to build on heading into the rest of the season despite failing to qualify for Wimbledon. Now Miyazaki will look to compete at more WTA events as she sets her sights on breaking through the world’s top 200.
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