Hudd hopes for repeat of LTA Lexus GB Pro Series men’s doubles triumph

Emile Hudd hopes he can repeat his LTA Lexus GB Pro Series men’s doubles triumph alongside Johannus Monday when the duo return to the National Tennis Centre to compete again later this month.

The British pair stormed to a 6-4 7-5 victory over fourth seeds Arthur Bouquier and Francois Musitelli in Roehampton.

The international tournament in south-west London is part of the LTA’s Performance Competitions Calendar, which provides significantly enhanced opportunities for British players at each age and stage of the performance player pathway.

Now the Londoner and his Hull-born partner will turn their attention to their next Roehampton M25K GB Pro Series event in August.

“It was a tough week, we played a lot of good teams,” said Hudd.

“We had to come out of a lot of tough sets and a few tie breaks, so I am just glad that we could get through it and get the win.

“Now we have a week off, then we are playing here again in two weeks, so we will be playing doubles again.

“Hopefully we can win again.”

The pair beat top seeds and fellow Brits Charles Broom and Ben Jones 7-5 6-7(3) 10-5 to cement their place in Saturday’s final.

The LTA Lexus GB Pro Series Roehampton featured 27 Brits in the doubles, but Hudd and Monday had to overcome stiff competition from their French rivals to ensure the title remained on British soil.

Monday was delighted to play alongside a close friend in Roehampton.

“I am also very happy to be playing with Emile, he is my friend so that has been good,” he said.

“I think that whenever you can go home with a title it is a pretty special week, so I am very happy.

“Now we will just be getting ready for another tough week.”

Tournament director Juan Escobar was delighted to see so much British talent on show across the tournament.

“I am always happy to see the Brits reaching the later stages of the tournament,” he added.

“We have got a mixture of a new generation coming along and then more experienced players like Daniel Cox who have been on the tour for a while.

“These events create more opportunities for them to get some ATP ranking points.

“Obviously this is an international event but the goal is to create more events for British players to get some ranking points so they can play at big events like WTA or ATP challengers.”

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