Brits Roll: Edmund/Norrie Sweep To Maiden Triumph In Estoril
If experience on the doubles court was the deciding factor, Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie would not have stood a chance this week. But the pair took little time to get on the same page, winning their maiden ATP World Tour title in their first tournament as a team at the Millennium Estoril Open.
Edmund and Norrie defeated Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak, who have now reached three ATP World Tour finals in 2018, 6-4, 6-2 to claim the trophy on Sunday.
"It's great to get the title in our first tournament together," said Edmund. "It's nice to have no pressure throughout the week. We went out there and had fun. We obviously know each other off the court over the years. We got better with each match and it just clicked."
Edmund owned just one tour-level doubles match win prior to the week (in Estoril two years ago), and is currently unranked. Furthermore, the Australian Open singles semi-finalist and Marrakech runner-up, who had never reached a doubles final at any level, had lost nine consecutive matches combined on the ATP World Tour and the ATP Challenger Tour.
Norrie is No. 617 in the ATP Doubles Rankings, and had never previously played doubles at a tour-level event. It is Norrie's second professional doubles title with his lone previous victory coming at a Futures event in 2013. But after the pair's triumph, they will soar in the ATP Doubles Rankings on Monday thanks to the 250 points they earn. The team will also share €27,170 for their efforts.
"I'm extremely happy to win my first title," added Norrie. "It's my first doubles event [on the ATP World Tour], so to share that experience with Kyle was great. We played great, returned really well and had good energy. We have lots of confidence going into the next week too. It will be nice to take that for the weeks to come."
It is well-deserved for the Brits, who swept to the title without dropping a set. Against Koolhof/Sitak, a team that also reached the final in New York and Sao Paulo earlier in the year, Edmund and Norrie broke four times and saved four of five break points held against them to clinch victory in 70 minutes. The Dutch-Kiwi duo claim 150 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €14,280.
Did You Know?
Edmund and Norrie had one combined tour-level doubles match win prior to the week.