French Open qualification is the goal as Team Bath Tennis touring pros Liam Broady and Samantha Murray Sharan head to Roland-Garros

21 September 2020

Team Bath Tennis touring professionals Liam Broady and Samantha Murray Sharan will be bidding to compete in the last Grand Slam of the year when they take part in French Open qualifying this week.

The duo will be supported by their respective coaches, Dave Sammel and Ian MacDonald, when they take to the famous clay courts at Roland-Garros in Paris for the qualifying competition, which gets under way today (Monday).

They will be looking to earn one of the qualifying places – 16 for men, 12 for women – in the main draw for the tournament, which is the final major championship of a disrupted 2020 tennis season.

It will take place behind closed doors from Sunday (September 27) to October 11, having been moved from its traditional May-June dates for the first time since 1947 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Murray Sharan warmed up for French Open qualifying by winning the Women’s Doubles at the W80 Cagnes-sur-mer 32A competition in Nice on Saturday evening.

A tough win in the first set of the final gave Murray Sharan and her partner Julia Wachaczyk momentum to power through the second set to claim the title. The pair dispatched their opponents Pita Katarzyna and Paula Kania on the clay in a well fought 7-5 6-2 victory.

Broady has played two ATP Tour Challenger events on clay this month, both in Italy, reaching the men’s singles quarter-finals in Trieste and last 16 in Cordenons.

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