After a disappointing (and embarrassing) week for Great Britain in the Davis Cup, where Evans ended up playing against 3 French opponents in what was a dead rubber, Inglot has lifted the spirit’s for all British tennis fans.
Teaming up with Croat Mate Pavic for the first time in his career turned out to be a wise choice by Dom, winning the seventh ATP doubles titles of his career at 31 years of age.
In the first round, the pair knocked out Huey and Mirnyi as underdogs, not dropping serve once, they then backed this up with a convincing 6-2 6-4 win over third seeds Bopanna and Matkowski. After losing the first set in their semi-final against top seeds Klaasen and Ram, they bounced back to take the second and third sets to set up a final match with seconds seeds Granollers-Pujol and M. Lopez. After winning the first set, they then dropped the second set, taking the match to a match tie-break. Inglot and Pavic kept falling a mini-break behind until at *5-4 up, Granollers and Lopez lost their serve twice to hand the advantage to the Briton and his partner. At match point they dropped their serve to allow the Spaniards back into the match. However, at *9-9 the Spaniards dropped their serve and Granollers-Pujol was given a point penalty to hand the championship to Inglot and Pavic. Hopefully a sign of more things to come from this pair.
Andy Murray is back in action in Monte Carlo after a couple of weeks out due to an elbow injury, meanwhile Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund will face each other in the first round. Jamie Murray has a bye into the second round and is the only Briton in the men’s doubles, teaming up with Brazil’s Bruno Soares.