10LTA Player GuideLTA DecemberDecember heralded some great results for the juniors. Oli Golding reached the final of the Eddie Herr and Peter Ashley went one better by winning the 14U event in Florida. George Morgan became the first British winner of the 18U boys' singles, three years after winning the 14U title. Josh Sapwell promptly followed George to an Orange Bowl title and won the 14U event. Golding finished the year as runner-up at the Grade A tournament, the Casablanca Cup in Mexico. Jordanne Whiley won her fourth doubles title on the 2010 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour as she brought the curtain down on her season by retaining her doubles title at the Prague Cup whilst Gordon Reid secured his third win of the season against a world top 10 ranked opponent to win the men's singles.January Andy Murray and Laura Robson returned to the Hopman Cup but were beaten by Italy and France in the group stages to end their hopes of making the final for a second year running. Heather Watson joined Anne Keothavong in the last 16 of the ASB Classic in Auckland, but it was the teenager who progressed into third round, beating two top 100 players along the way. Oli Golding and George Morgan both enjoyed top ten world junior rankings. Golding reached No.4 and Morgan hit No.6.The first AEGON British Tour event in 2011 brought victories for Naomi Broady and Dan Evans at Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre and Anna Fitzpatrick won the AEGON GB Pro-Series Wrexham. Naomi Broady finished runner-up the AEGON GB Pro-Series Glasgow whilst Josh Milton did the same at the $25k Mengzi tournament.Baltacha made the second round of the Hobart International in Australia whilst the rest of the tennis world descended on Melbourne Park for the first Grand Slam of 2011.Anne Keothavong came through qualifying, the first time she had come through qualifying to make a Grand Slam main draw. She went on to reach round two coming so close against Andrea Petkovic. Bally also powered through to round two, but came unstuck against Justine Henin on Rod Laver Arena. George Morgan reached the semi-finals of the boys' singles. Andy Murray progressed to the final but it wasn't third time lucky for the Scot as he lost his second Aussie Open final, this time against an inspired Novak Djokovic.Andrew Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk became the first all-British pairing to win a Grand Slam wheelchair tennis doubles title when they won the quad doubles final at the Aussie Open. Afterwards, Andrew became the third British player to occupy the world No.1 quad doubles wheelchair tennis ranking. FebruaryFed Cup by BNP Paribas regulars Keothavong and Baltacha were called up for the tie in Eilat, Israel alongside debutants Heather Watson and Jocelyn Rae. The team secured their place in Europe/Africa Zone Group I for another year with a win over Denmark in their last group match. The GB 16U and 14U boys' and 16U girls' teams competed in qualifying for the Tennis Europe Winter Cup. The 16U boys' team, captained by Greg Rusedski, won their group and qualified for the Tennis Europe Winter Cup finals whilst the 14U girls' team finished second in their group to reach their finals.
GuideLTA Player Guide11Louise Hunt won her first tournament of the season at the Jura Indoors in Switzerland whilst Katie O'Brien had a good run in Mildurra, Australia, to move into her first ITF final of the year. A number of other players were down under, competing for GB at the ITF Seniors World Team Championships in New Zealand.MarchLeon Smith captained the GB Davis Cup team to victory at Bolton Arena against Tunisia, wrapping up the tie 4-1.The AEGON 18U County Cup took place across the country at 18 different venues. Group one, the premier group, was held at the University of Bath, and saw Middlesex defend their title in the boys' event whilst Sussex girls won the championships for the third year running.Heather Watson and Anne Keothavong lost out in qualifying for the BNP Paribas Open in California whilst Baltacha saved four match points to beat world No.37 Roberta Vinci in the opening round. Sam Murray and Andrew Fitzpatrick took the honours at the British Tour in Bolton whilst Chris Eaton won the ITF men's $10k in Taverne, Switzerland and Dan Evans reached the final of the AEGON GB Pro-Series Tipton. Jamie Delgado and Jonny Marray also won back to back doubles Challengers in Sarajevo and Bath.Anastasia Mikheeva won the girls' singles title at the Tennis EuropeSuper 12 in Auray, France and Marc McCarroll clinched his first NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour men's singles title of 2011.The BUCS Tennis Championships took place in Sheffield. In the men's event defending champions London Met won an impressive seventh title after defeating Loughborough University whilst Durham beat defending champions London Met to claim victory in the women's event.AprilAs the professional circuit moved onto the clay, Andy Murray rediscovered his form from the beginning of the year and reached the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters. On home soil, there was success at the AEGON GB Pro-Series Bournemouth with Sean Thornley and David Rice winning the men's doubles, and Fran Stephenson and her South African partner Surina De Beer taking the women's title. 14-year-old Katie Boulter enjoyed a fine run to the quarter-finals at the $10k event whilst fellow junior Liam Broady took the honours at the Grade 1 tournament in Beaulieu sur Mer.The wheelchair World Team Cup took place in Pretoria, South Africa with GB represented in the men's, women's, quads and junior disciplines. The women's team of Louise Hunt and Jordanne Whiley and the quad's made up of Jamie Burdekin, Antony Cotterill and Peter Norfolk returned home with bronze medals.MayElena Baltacha reached the first clay-court semi-final of her career at the $100k Open GDF Suez in Cagnes sur Mer whilst Jonny Delgado and Jonathan Marray also performed well in France taking the Bordeaux Challenger. Meanwhile Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Rome Masters and played a sensational match against the in form Novak Djokovic and put himself right back in contention for the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open.