Performance player and Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Dean Cooper Kirby has got his month’s training in Florida at the Gomez Tennis Academy off to a good start by winning the Naples Spring Tropical Junior Level 6 tournament held at the Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, Naples.
Despite the 27 degree heat and playing on clay Cooper Kirby won the Boys 14 Singles title knocking out the top three seeds in the process. In the first round he beat Christopher Cucinella 6-0, 6-0 and then defeated top seed Emilio Sanchez 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters followed by third seed Kaj Quirijns 6-3, 6-2 in the semis. In the final he beat second seed Michael Gurgenidze 6-0, 6-0 to win his first American title.
Brian, Dean’s father said, “Dean is really enjoying his six hours a day training and the opportunity to visit Miami with his fellow academy players to watch the Miami Open.”
Congratulations Dean! What an amazing way to start your American adventure with a trophy and a visit to the Miami Open 😉
British number one Johanna Konta became the first British woman to win the Miami Open yesterday. In the final tenth seed Konta, 25 beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, 26 in two sets 6-4, 6-3 to win the biggest title of her career to date.
This milestone in Konta’s career will see her climb to a career high in the world rankings, this is her third WTA Tour success after playing in four finals. In July 2016 Konta won the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford followed by claiming the Sydney International title earlier this year in January. She was defeated in the China Open final last October by Agnieszka Radwańska.
En route to the final Konta had a bye in the first round and then beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in round two 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. She then defeated Pauline Parmentier in the third round 6-4, 6-0, in round four she beat Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 6-1 and then third seed Simona Halep in the quarter-final 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2. In the semi-final Konta beat eleventh seed and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5.
In other British tennis news, Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open with an elbow injury that will also see him miss Team GB’s Davis Cup quarter-final against France in May.
World number one Novak Djokovic thwarted British Number One Andy Murray again in their latest clash in a final of a tournament, this time it was at the Miami Open with a 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-0 scoreline. This latest victory gave Djokovic his fifth Miami title and increased his match record lead against Murray 18-8, with the Serb winning their last seven meetings, including the Australian Open final back in January.
Djokovic has now equalled Rafael Nadal’s total of 141 weeks at the top of the world rankings and it’s not all bad news for Murray, 27 as his semi-final place at the recent Indian Wells tournament and finishing runner-up in Miami means he has moved up the world ranking from fourth to third. This Saturday will see him tie the know with long-term girlfriend Kim Sears at the cathedral in his hometown of Dunblane in Scotland, followed by the reception at Cromlix House in nearby Kinbuck which Murray owns.
Over in the women’s event world number one Serena Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro from Spain making short work of her opponent 6-2, 6-0 to win her third consecutive final and an impressive eighth Miami Open title.
British number one Andy Murray has become the first British player to record 500 career wins after beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open. Murray, seeded three for the Florida event won his 500th match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and became the ninth still competing layers and 46th man to reach this milestone since the beginning of the open era. The win also sees him book his place in the last eight of the event that he has won twice before and he will now face unseeded Dominic Thiem from Austria later today. After a bye in round one he defeated American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2 in round two followed by win against Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 in the third round.
Murray, who made his professional debut back in April 2005 and is currently World Number Four, had earlier surpassed former number British number one Tim Henman’s record of 496 wins when he defeated Feliciano Lopez at the Indian Wells event in California. In his ten years on the professional tennis circuit, Murray 27 has won two Grand Slams and Olympic Gold and Silver medals.
Roger Federer sits at the top of the table with 1,012 matches won by a player still competing but retired five-time US Open Champion Jimmy Connors still has the most career wins with a whopping 1,253. Rafeal Nadal is sitting on 721 and World number one Novak Djokovic is in third place with 625 matches to date.
If you like facts and figures, click here to read BBC.com sport’s round up of Murray’s career to date.