A thrilling 9 months of UK Pro League action looks set to come to a captivating conclusion over the next seven days as UK Pro League Finals Week takes place in Shrewsbury.
The UK Pro League brings together the British pro tennis player group competing in nine individual week-long qualifying events leading to a Finals Week where the Pro League Champion is decided.
Over half a million pounds of prize money is up for grabs across the season and all the action is broadcast live on BT Sport, The Tennis Channel and UKproleague.tv, with the Finals Week also broadcast live on free to air channel FreeSports (Freeview Channel 64 / Sky Channel 422 / Virgin Channel 553 / BT TV Channel 64 / TalkTalk Channel 64).
A host of top domestic talent will be on display in Shropshire, all of whom are looking to follow in the footsteps of US Open champion Emma Raducanu and Olympian Liam Broady, who won last year’s titles.
In the women’s draw, Emily Appleton enters the women’s competition as one of the 4 top seeds following a dominant campaign to date and lines up in Pool D alongside Nadia Rawson and British number 10 Beth Grey, one of three wildcard entries.
Two of the other seeded players enter as wildcards, world number 220 Lily Miyazaki, British Number 14 Eden Silva. The fourth seed is Eliz Maloney who finished second in the UK Pro League Rankings after the 9 qualifying weeks. She faces a tough draw with Sonay Kartal – the only player to win three qualifying weeks back-to-back – in her pool.
Week 9 winner Lauryn John-Baptiste dropped just one set during the final week of qualifying to secure her place at Finals Week in dramatic style and will hope to continue her momentum. Her qualification means that she has also gained a main-draw wildcard for the first ITF Futures event held in the UK in 2022, earmarking her as one to watch.
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In the men’s draw, Julian Cash is seeded having secured top spot in the Pro League Rankings with an impressive Week 9 final win over Week 1 winner Josh Paris, who he beat in straight sets. Like John-Baptiste, the Week 9 win means he will also receive a main-draw wildcard in the first ITF Future event held in the UK in 2022.
Wildcards UK number 5 Jay Clarke and Davis Cup winner James Ward are two of the other seeds with Billy Harris seeded 4 having come second in the UK Pro League qualifying rankings.
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The pool matches take place between Monday and Wednesday, with the quarter-finals over the next two days. The semi-finals are then battled out on Saturday and the new champions will be crowned the following day.
Pool A: Jay Clarke, Josh Paris, Giles Hussey
Pool B: James Ward, Anton Matusevich, Sean Hodkin
Pool C: Billy Harris, Dan Cox, Charlie Broom
Pool D: Julian Cash, George Houghton, Henry Patten
Pool A: Lily Miyazaki, Freya Christie, Emma Wilson
Pool B: Eden Silva, Alice Gillian, Lauryn John-Baptiste
Pool C: Eliz Maloney, Sonay Kartal, Katie Stresnakova
Pool D: Emily Appleton, Nadia Rawson, Beth Grey