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Katie Boulter exceeded her expectations after a strong race in Nottingham this week; she’s back in action after suffering a stress fracture of the spine that kept her out for almost a year; Dan Evans says life in a bubble is no more fun in this country than when he’s abroad

Last updated: 06/10/21 3:14 PM

Katie Boulter suffers from a stress fracture of her spine that has kept her out of top tennis tournaments for most of the year

Briton Katie Boulter says she has already exceeded her expectations with a superb race at the Viking Open in Nottingham.

The 24-year-old continued on her way home after a serious back injury with a victory over 52nd world 52nd Marie Bouzkova 6-4 6-3.

Boulter had jumped into the top 100 before suffering a stress fracture of the spine that kept her out of top tournament tennis for most of a year, with the coronavirus then delaying her back even further.

After a 2021 stop-start, Boulter is happy with his progress.

“I had absolutely no expectations for this week, but I also know the level I put on the training ground day in and day out, I worked really hard,” said Boulter.

“I put in the effort and I really feel it will pay off. This week is a start, I still have a long way to go but it’s a good result today.”

Boulter, born in nearby Leicester, considers this to be her home tournament and would normally stay with her family at this event.

However, the pandemic means she has to stay in the bubble and not even leave her hotel.

“Of course it’s going to be difficult,” she said. “But I fully understand why the measures are in place, there are bigger things happening in the world right now.

“For me it’s pretty hard to be back at my home tournament. But it’s a privilege to have my parents and grandparents in the stands. So even having that support means so much to be. , and I’m super lucky even to have this.

“It shows how far we’ve come in the last year, if not more. It’s been a really, really tough time for a lot of people.

“My family too, I barely saw them. I’m pretty sure the last time my grandparents watched me live was (at) the Copper Box a few years ago (in April 2019) .

“So for them it’s huge and it’s a long time ago, it really makes a difference. I’m super lucky to have them here by my side to help me win games.”

Katie Boulter exceeded expectations at Nottingham;  Dan Evans grappling with the tournament bubble |  Tennis News

Johanna Konta qualified for quarter-final meeting with Alison Van Uytvanck

Johanna konta reached the quarter-finals.

The British No.1 had to fight to beat Kateryna Kozlova in straight sets, winning 6-2 1-6 6-3 on grass.

The seed, twice second, will now play Alison Van Uytvanck in the last eight.

Evans finds life in the tournament bubble tough

Katie Boulter exceeded expectations at Nottingham;  Dan Evans grappling with the tournament bubble |  Tennis News

Dan Evans is currently in action in the ATP Challenger event in Nottingham, where he came after his first round outing at Roland Garros last week

Britain’s No.1 Dan Evans says life in a tournament bubble is no more fun in this country than when he’s abroad.

Evans was allowed to walk an hour a day at Roland Garros and he took full advantage of it, but he’s not even allowed to walk that at Nottingham.

“It was great, you really take it for granted, sitting in a hotel room is not normal life,” he said.

“It’s quite nice to walk for an hour near the Eiffel Tower. It was good but it’s a little different here. Some interesting thoughts on standing outside the hotel door.”

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