Over the last few weeks different events at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton have given the chance to British players to play during a time when competition has been missing from players schedules and one player who has really stood out has been Jodie Burrage.
Jodie only turned 21 a couple of months back and at 17 was tipped to be a future star and has shown that promise at Roehampton after a difficult few years in her career.
The Brit has had a really rough time with injuries during her career having had three operations on her ankles which has really halted her. Sadly for Jodie last year in the opening round at Surbiton she slipped on her ankle and lost up match point and went onto miss almost four months of tennis and missed Wimbledon.
Jodie first of all had a great week on the Progress Tour a couple of weeks back and made it to the final where she pushed Katie Boulter to three sets having served for the match herself in the second but lost.
During the second Battle of the Brits event Jodie Burrage was part of team Union Jacks and was a pivotal member of the team winning four of her six matches and opened her week in excellent fashion.
Jodie who is ranked just inside the top 300 defeated former top 10 Johanna Konta 6-4 6-3 putting on a stunning performance against Jo who was playing her first match since the tour was suspended back in March.
Despite defeats to Raducanu and Dart during the week, Jodie also recorded victories against both players as well along with a straight sets win over Sam Grey.
Something Jodie maybe didn’t expect a few weeks back was being on a doubles team with Andy Murray who had some nice words to say after their match:
I don’t know her that well. I know her coaches pretty well and I know that she is a hard worker from speaking to them. She has had a number of injuries over the last few years. I’ve been really impressed with her. First of all, she is really nice, friendly and great to be around. In the matches, she played really well against Jo yesterday, at a really good level. I think she’s got a brilliant backhand, she serves well and she returned really well in the doubles today. I’m sure she has certainly not maxed out in terms of her ranking. I haven’t seen her competing enough to say she is a top 50 or top 100 player but I definitely think she has got a way to go in terms of her ranking. I don’t think she is at her highest level yet. With all the injuries she has had and also the way she has played the last few days, she obviously plays very well.
Hopefully once the tours resume we will see some more of Jodie on the tour and depending on how things go and what her plans are with withdrawals expected we could see her as well as others get more opportunities in the future.
It will be good to see Jodie push on from here and climb the rankings hoping that these injury issues which have halted her progression are put to bed!