The British curse on brick dust


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The British curse on brick dust

The defeat of Cameron Norrie (50 °) over Albert-Ramos Viñolas (46 °) on the brick dust of the Estoril ATP 250 further expanded a statistic that has been growing over time. Is that, from 1977 to date, only one British tennis player could be crowned on this surface: Andy Murray.

Over the years, from 1977 to now, only nine British tennis players managed to reach a final on brick dust. At the end of the 80’s it was Buster Mottram (ex-N ° 15) twice, John Feaver (ex-N ° 91), Mark Cox (ex-N ° 12), Robin Drysdale (ex-N ° 60) and John Lloyd (former No. 23) who stayed at the door to raise a trophy.

In the 1980s, only Mottram reached a final on this surface again. It was in 1982 in Hilversum, the Netherlands, before Balazs Taroczy. Then it took 13 years for another Briton to reach the decisive match with Greg Rusedski (former No. 4) as the protagonist. It was in Coral Springs, Florida, and it was a loss to Australian Todd Woodbridge.

In the 21st century only three could reach the final but only one would break the spell of so many defeats. In 2015 Andy Murray, who at that time was among the three best in the world, was enshrined in the ATP 250 in Munich (he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber) and in the Masters 1000 in Madrid (he got rid of Rafael Nadal 6-3 and 6-2). In 2016 he would obtain the last British title on brick dust: the Masters 1000 in Rome, which was awarded after beating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3.

Following Murray’s defeats at the 2016 Roland Garros and Masters 1000 Madrid finals, Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie went in search of a title on brick dust, but neither could claim victory. Edmund fell in the final of the ATP 250 in Marrakech in 2018 against Pablo Andujar and Norrie did the same against Albert Ramos Viñolas in Estoril 2021.


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