By Glenys Furness

  • Evan Hoyt made third round of the ATP Istanbul Challenger
  • Brit retired against thirteenth seed
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Evan Hoyt entered the ATP Challenger event and made the third round. The Brit was forced to retire against the thirteenth seed, ending his hopes of back to back finals.


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Brit of the Week

Evan Hoyt entered the ATP Challenger in Istanbul, following his successful run last week in the ITF event in France. The Brits first round opponent was Belgian Yannick Mertens. The first set was a very tight affair, with both players not giving an inch. However, Hoyt made the breakthrough towards the end of the set to take the lead. Mertens re-grouped and managed to break Hoyt in the second set to level up the match. The final set saw both players staying toe to toe, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit dominated the breaker and moved into the next round 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(3).

In the second round the Brit was facing Russian Mikhail Elgin. Hoyt secured a break of serve to take the lead. The Russian fought back in the second set, staying with the Brit. Hoyt however, was not going to be broken and held on to move into the third round in straight sets 6-4, 7-5.

The third round saw Hoyt against the thirteenth seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov. The Kazakh was too good for the Brit and dominated the first set, breaking Hoyt twice. Nedovyesov broke early in the second set taking the lead, Hoyt unfortunately had to end the match there with the score at 6-2, 3-0 RET.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Jay Clarke was defeated by Lucas Medler in the second round in Istanbul 6-3, 7-5.

Jan Choinski was defeated by Alessandro Bega in the first round in Szczecin 6-4, 6-1.

James Ward was defeated by Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the second round in Shanghai 6-4, 7-6(3).

Liam Broady was defeated by Andreas Seppi in the second round in Cary 7-6(5), 6-3.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Tommy Paul in the second round in Cary 6-4, 7-6(3).

Toby Martin was defeated by Antonio Massara in the second round in Italy 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).

Isaac Stoute was defeated by David Volfson in the first round in Mexico 6-4, 6-2.

Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Taha Baadi in the second round in Mexico 7-5, 6-4.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Gabriel Diallo in the first round in USA 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-2.

Andrew Watson was defeated by Liam Draxyl in the second round in USA 6-2, 7-5.

Tara Moore was defeated by Katherine Sebov in the first round in USA 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-0.

Jodie Burrage was defeated by Isabella Shinikova in the first round in Israel 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-1.

Maia Lumsden was defeated by Raluca Georgiana Serban in the first round in Israel 6-4 RET.

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Leonie Kรผng in the first round in Israel 6-4, 7-5.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Julia Lovqvist in the first round in Spain 0-0 RET.

Isabella Nunez was defeated by Maria Masini in the first round in Spain 6-3, 6-1.

Anna Popescu was defeated by Chiraz Bechri in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

Next week Brits play in Metz, Seoul, Kaohsiung, Columbus, Glasgow, Biella, France, Italy, Australia, USA, Mexico, China, Finland, Roehampton, Spain & Tunisia.


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