By Glenys Furness
- Evan Hoyt was top seed in ITF event
- Brit made the final before being stopped
BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, FRANCE – Evan Hoyt was the top seed in the ITF event. The Brit made the final before his run came to an end.
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Brit of the Week
Evan Hoyt entered the ITF event in France and was the top seed. In the first round the Brit was against Nicolas Tepmahc. The Frenchman was unable to keep with Hoyt in the first set, who dominated and lost only two games. In the second set, Tepmahc fought back well, but ultimately was unable to stop the top seed from breaking to move into the second round in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
The second round saw the Brit against Laurent Rochette. The Frenchman started better and got the jump on the top seed. Breaking the serve of Hoyt, Rochette dominated the set and took the lead. However, Hoyt re-grouped and fought back in the second set to level up the match. In the final set, the top seed secured the break of serve needed to move into the next round 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against the sixth seed Edan Leshem. The Israeli stayed toe to toe with Hoyt in the first set and forced a tiebreak. In a very tight breaker it was the top seed who edged through to take the lead. The second set saw Leshem re-group and break the serve of Hoyt, who couldn’t get back on terms. The final set saw the Brit take charge and break serve, moving into the semi-final 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-3.
The semi-final saw the top seed take on third seed Tom Jomby. The Frenchman stayed toe to toe with the Brit in the first set and once again forced a tiebreak. Hoyt edged through and took the lead. This galvanised the Brit would dominated the second set and moved into the final in straight sets 7-6(8), 6-2.
In the final Hoyt was against the eighth seed Eduardo Struvay. The Colombian was too good for the top seed, breaking in each set. Despite the Brit fighting hard it was Struvay who ultimately came out on top, lifting the trophy in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Sizya Kivanda was defeated by Clement Chidekh in the first round in Bagneres-des-Bigorre 6-3, 7-5.
Jan Choinski was defeated by Alejandro Tabilo in the first round in Genoa 6-0, 6-2.
James Ward was defeated by Enrique López Pérez in the third round in Jinan 7-6(4), 6-3.
Liam Broady was defeated by Michael Mmoh in the first round in New Haven 6-1, 7-6(2).
Jay Clarke was defeated by Antoine Escoffier in the second round in Cassis 6-4, 6-3.
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Illya Marchenko in the first round in Cassis 6-4, 6-4.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Alon Elia in the second round in Israel 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.
Alexis Canter was defeated by Yair Sarouk in the quarter-final in Israel 7-5, 1-6, 6-1.
Jack Draper was defeated by Yishai Oliel in the semi-final in Israel 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Freya Christie was defeated by Tamara Barad Itzhaki in the first round in Israel 6-3, 6-3.
Maia Lumsden was defeated by Shelley Bereznyak in the first round in Israel 6-3, 6-1.
Tiffany William was defeated by Victoria Muntean in the second round in Israel 6-2, 6-2.
Jodie Burrage was defeated by Alicia Barnett in the quarter-final in Israel 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(1).
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Chanel Simmonds in the semi-final in Israel 7-6(4), 6-3.
Anton Matusevich was defeated by Simon Freund in the quarter-final in Portugal 7-5, 6-4.
Luke Johnson was defeated by Fred Gil in the semi-final in Portugal 7-6(4), 7-5.
George Loffhagen was defeated by Sidharth Rawat in the quarter-final in Thailand 7-6(1), 6-1.
Anna Popescu was defeated by Constance Sibille in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 6-1.
Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Manon Arcangioli in the first round in Spain 6-4, 6-2.
Emily Arbuthnott was defeated by Oana Simion in the quarter-final in Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Szczecin, Cary, Shanghai, Istanbul, France, Italy, Mexico, USA, Bulgaria, Romania, Israel, Austria, Spain, Tunisia.
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