World-ranked players head entry list for LTA British Tour event at Team Bath Tennis this week

16 January 2018

Ten players with a world ranking, including British number five Liam Broady, are competing in a LTA British Tour tennis event at the University of Bath Sports Training Village this week.

Two days of qualification matches have whittled the 166 entrants – 87 men and 79 women – down to the final 32 in each competition, with the main draw getting under way on Wednesday morning.

Broady, who has just returned from the Australian Open qualifying competition, is the top seed in a men’s competition which also features fellow Team Bath Tennis International High-Performance Academy players Luke Johnson and Samm Butler.

Alicia Barnett, who also trains with Team Bath, is top seed in a women’s draw that includes juniors Millie Bissett and Maria Budin after they both successfully came through the qualifying rounds.

Matches are being played on the indoor courts every day from 9am, with the finals taking place on Saturday morning, and admission to spectators is free. Full schedules are available by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Team Bath’s Anna Smith and partner Naomi Broady found number four seeds Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová too strong in the first round of the women’s doubles at the 2018 Australian Open. The Czech pairing came out as 6-2 6-1 winners on Court 15 in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Marcus Daniell and his new partner, GB’s Dominic Inglot, will be hoping for better fortunes when they start their Australian Open campaign on Thursday against Canada’s Adil Shamasdin and Britain’s Neal Skupski.

Click here for more information on the all-encompassing programme at Team Bath Tennis.
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