Scott Clayton focusing on singles despite doubles success

Scott Clayton
Scott Clayton has reached the last 16 on 13 occasions in singles' events, but never made the quarter-finals

Jersey tennis player Scott Clayton says he is still focusing on his singles' career, despite breaking into the top 500 doubles players in the world.

He is ranked 488 in doubles - a ranking which should rise after he won his latest Futures Series tournament, his second win in three events.

"My main focus is still singles," the 20-year-old told BBC Radio Jersey.

"But to crack the top 500 in the world in anything is pretty good, so I'm very happy with it."

Clayton and partner Richie Gabb beat Italy's Marco Bortolotti and Erik Crepaldi 7-5, 6-1 to win the final in the event in Larnaca on Sunday.

Scott Clayton's career record
Career-high singles ranking of 1096 (September 2014)
Ranked 488 in doubles
Won five doubles titles in ITF Futures events
Made the last 16 in singles 13 times but has never reached a quarter-final

Earlier this month, Clayton partnered Toby Martin to the semi-finals of the Futures event in Bath, having won a similar event with Martin in Loughborough the week before.

The added: "It's great to be in the top 500 and when these points go on I'll be pushing 430 with three more weeks to go, so I can maybe push top 400 to end the year, which would be nice.

"My main focus is to get my ranking up, both in singles and in doubles, and then of course the Island Games in the summer in Jersey where I'm looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd."

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