Healthy crowd enjoy first round action

A healthy crowd were treated to some great tennis at The Shrewsbury Club on Tuesday.

Second seed Ashley Hewitt produced a very polished performance in his first round defeat of Freddie Nielsen.

Hewitt, 21, based in Bolton, served impressively throughout his 7-6, 6-2 victory over the Dane who was 2012 Wimbledon men's doubles champion.

"I’ve worked quite a bit on my serve over the off-season," said Hewitt. "I knew I would have to serve well as Freddie is such a good returner.

"It’s very pleasing to see the hard work paying off in matches like this."

Wild card Julian Cash, 17, showed great maturity in his 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Swedish No 5 Patrik Rosenholm.

The win was even more impressive as the Swede had beaten Gael Monfils in an ATP Tour event at the end of 2012.

Brighton teenager Cash is only playing his fourth pro event having won his first ever pro ranking point in Ilkley last summer.

Last week in Nottingham he gained his second point and in 2014 has also reached a career high of 68 in the junior world rankings.

Cash is making good use of his wild card and now plays another Swede, Isak Arvidsson, for a place in the last eight.

Tuesday at Shrewsbury also saw British wins for top seed Dan Cox, fourth seed Liam Broady, sixth seed Josh Milton and Luke Bambridge who overcame fellow Nottingham player Josh Ward-Hibbert.

The doubles saw Freddie Nielsen together with partner Marc Ferrigno progress to round two while Shrewsbury Club coach Alex Tsakiris, partnering another local player, Alex Parry, received great support from club members before going down 7-5, 6-2 to the Griekspoor twins from Holland.

Play starts Wednesday at 10.30am with free entry to spectators.


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