British 26-year-old player Josh Goodall is our featured player for the month of July.
During July he competed in three successive ITF Pro Circuit tournaments in Great Britain starting in the North in Yorkshire and ending in the capital, London.
To open the month Goodall entered into the Ilkley tournament and was named as fourth seed in the singles and top seed in the doubles with partner Chris Eaton. Goodall, the defending champion here, found his path to the 2011 singles final far from easy as he battled to wins of 63 76(6), 75 64 and then came from behind in the quarterfinal to eventually win 67(3) 64 61 to make the semifinal.
His semifinal opponent, Albano Olivetti, had already disposed of the No. 1 seed in his quarterfinal and looked on course to claim another seeds scalp when he took the first set from Goodall 64.
This set loss only served to spur Goodall into action and he raised his game and only dropped three games in the next two sets to reach his first ITF Pro Circuit singles final since July 2010.
The singles final in Ilkley was a repeat of the 2010 final as Goodall took on fellow Brit David Rice who was looking to avenge his defeat in that 2010 final. Just as in the final last year it was Goodall who came out on top and a 75 61 win presented him with his first singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit since winning here 12 months ago!
Goodall and Eaton lost out in a clash of the top seeds in an all-British doubles final with the team of David Rice & Sean Thornley coming through a tense match to triumph 67(2) 63 [10-7] and take the title.
Following the Ilkley tournament, Goodall travelled down the east coast of England to the seaside town of Frinton in the county of Essex. Prior to his appearance in the Ilkley final, Frinton was the scene of his last ITF Pro Circuit singles final, where he finished as runner-up.
Seeded eighth Goodall wasted little time seeing off the challengers before him in the opening rounds which included a surprise 61 61 quarterfinal win over the tournament’s number two seed.
In his semifinal he came up against his doubles partner from this week and last, Chris Eaton, who was seeded seventh. Knowing so much about your partners game certainly contributed to the closeness of their clash as Goodall won through to the final with two tie break victories.
Top seed in Frinton was Britain’s Daniel Evans and he was to be Goodall’s opponent in the title match but Goodall did not allow the seeding position of his opponent to affect him as he comfortably swept to victory with a 63 62 win. This was the first time he had secured singles titles in successive weeks on the ITF Pro Circuit.
As in Ilkley the previous week, Goodall was teamed up with Chris Eaton and as second seeds they once again reached the final but, as before, failed to take the title as they lost in straight sets 75 76(2).
Following his appearances in the finals in Essex, Goodall had a week free from competitive play before travelling to Chiswick in the west of London where he was competing in singles action only.
Seeded eighth as in Frinton he came through the opening two rounds without the loss of a set but his hopes of a third final of the month were brought to an end in his quarterfinal with Australia’s Benjamin Mitchell, the fourth seed, despite Goodall having taken the opening set.
Mitchell, who ran out a 46 76(2) 62 winner, would go on to reach the final and finish as runner-up marking the second year in succession that Goodall was beaten in Chiswick by the eventual runner-up.
Despite ending the month with a quarterfinal defeat he could take heart from the fact he went one round further than in his 2010 appearance in Chiswick and also he had the two title wins earlier in the month.