From Bath to Bahrain, Canada to France, there is plenty to admire and celebrate for Team Bath Tennis

03 November 2019

It’s been another busy and rewarding week of competition both at home and around the world for Team Bath Tennis.

GB Fed Cup player Samantha Murray continued her impressive return to the international circuit following injury by reaching the semi-finals of an ITF World Tennis Tour event in Canada for the second week running.

She was narrowly edged out of a place in the final at the Tevlin Challenger in Toronto by former Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who won 2-6 6-2 6-3.

Murray, coached by Ian MacDonald, had reached the last four at the previous week’s Challenger Banque Nationale de Saguenay too, as well as the women’s doubles final with Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands, and has now moved up to 218th in the world rankings.

A second week of ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors competition in Bahrain saw Liv Rook claim her first singles title at that level without dropping a set at the 2nd SHINE Bahrain Super Series ITF Junior Championship.

Rook also teamed up with Aryana Bartlett to win a second successive girls’ doubles title, while Archie Graham and Alex Knox-Jones went one better than the previous week by securing the boys’ doubles trophy.

The International Junior Saint-Cyprien event in France saw Millie Bissett reach the final of both the singles and girls’ doubles, only being denied overall victory by narrow tie-break defeats.

Closer to home, the indoor tennis courts at the University of Bath Sports Training Village played host to some of the country’s most talented young players during a LTA Winter National Tour (WNT) event for U14 boys and girls.

Four days of competition ended with Fabio Nestola taking the boys’ title after beating Ben Hudson 6-3 6-2 in the final, while Hephzibah Oluwadare defeated Giulia Lesa 6-1 6-3 to claim the girls’ crown.

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