By Glenys Furness
- Evan Hoyt claims second doubles title of the season
- Defeated three seeded pairs en route
ANOIA, CATALONIA, SPAIN – Evan Hoyt teamed up with Patrik Niklas-Salminen for the ITF event. The pair defeated the fourth, first and seconded seeded pairings to claim the title.
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Evan Hoyt teamed up with Patrik Niklas-Salminen for the ITF futures tournament in Catalonia. The Brit/Fin were unseeded in the 15K event.
Their first round opponents were Jaime Pulgar García & Pablo Vivero Gonzalez. The Spaniards kept toe to toe with Hoyt & Niklas-Salminen in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit/Fin soon took control in the breaker, keeping ahead to seal the set.
In the second set Hoyt & Niklas-Salminen kept the momentum going and secured the break of serve needed to get ahead. The Brit/Fin didn’t look back taking the set and booking their spot in the next round 7-6(4), 6-3.
The quarter-final saw Hoyt & Niklas-Salminen against the fourth seeds, Peter & Samuel Bothwell. The Irish brothers were able to stay with the Brit/Fin during the first set. Until right at the end when the fourth seeds were broken. The second set saw the unseeded pairing break the Irish serve to take the match and move into the semi-final 7-5, 6-3.
In the semi-final the Brit/Fin were against the top seeds Sebastien Boltz & Caio Silva. As with the previous matches Hoyt & Niklas-Salminen were held close by the seeds, before the Brit/Fin got the break to edge ahead. The second set was dominated by the unseeded pair, Boltz & Silva were unable to do anything with the Brit/Fin game and eventually lost 7-5, 6-1.
The final saw Hoyt & Niklas-Salminen against the second seeds Jordi Muñoz Abreu & David Pérez Sanz. The Brit/Fin carried on their form from the previous match, taking the first set easily dropping only two games. In the second set the seeds mounted a fight back, forcing a tiebreak. Muñoz Abreu & Pérez Sanz edged the breaker to level the match. The match tiebreak to follow would decide who lifted the trophy. Hoyt & Niklas-Salminen came out on top to take the title 7-5, 6-7(7), 10-5.
With this trophy Hoyt has the second title of the year, after winning in Sharm El Sheikh in April.
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Doubles Round Up
Dom Inglot with Frank Skugor were defeated by Nikola Mektić & Alexander Peya in the first round of the French Open 6-4, 6-3.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Máximo González & Nicolás Jarry in the second round of the French Open 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Ken & Neal Skupski were defeated by Daniele Bracciali & Andreas Seppi in the second round of the French Open 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Anna Smith with Xenia Knoll were defeated by Irina Bara & Mihaela Buzărnescu in the first round of the French Open 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4.
Johanna Konta with Alison Riske were defeated by Anabel Medina Garrigues & Arantxa Parra Santonja in the first round of the French Open 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3).
Heather Watson with Tatjana Maria were defeated by Barbora Krejčíková & Kateřina Siniaková in the second round of the French Open 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
Naomi Broady with Magda Linette were defeated by Dalila Jakupović & Irina Khromacheva in the first round of the French Open 6-2, 6-3.
Jamie Murray with Kateřina Siniaková were defeated by Marcelo Demoliner & María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round of the French Open 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.
Inglot & Konta retired in the second round of the French Open against Demoliner & Martínez Sánchez.
Alexander Jhun & Brandon Murphy were defeated by John Paul Fruttero & Albano Olivetti in the quarter-final in Tunisia 6-1, 6-3.
Luke Johnson with Nicolas Alberto Arreche were defeated by Fruttero & Olivetti in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-3, 6-3.
Joel Cannell with Tadas Babelis were defeated by Can Kaya & Paul Oosterbaan in the semi-final in Turkey 6-3, 7-5.
Scott Duncan with Conor Berg were defeated by Kaya & Oosterbaan in the first round in Turkey 7-6(9), 6-4.
Sean Hodkin with Isaac Stoute were defeated by Darko Bojanovic & Siphosothando Montsi in the quarter-final in Zimbabwe 7-5, 6-3.
Emily Webley-Smith with Ma YeXin were defeated by Liu Yanni & Wang Meiling in the first round in China 5-7, 6-3, 10-7.
Annabelle Lammas with Daniela Cozzi were defeated by Yulia Kulikova & Lexie Stevens in the first round in Turkey 6-0, 6-1.
Next week Brits play in Surbiton, Portugal, Israel, Spain & Zimbabwe.
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