Second doubles title lifts Brits to career high

Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins rose to career-high places in the world doubles rankings yesterday – Nos 24 and 27 respectively – after beating Michal Mertinak and Andre Sa 2-6, 7-6, 15-13 in the final at Delray Beach in Florida on Sunday night.

It was the second title the Britons have won since joining forces last year. Although it is early in the season, they currently occupy one of the eight qualifying places for the doubles tournament at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.