By Glenys Furness
- Evan Hoyt & Skander Mansouri claim the doubles title in Tunisia
- The pair didn’t drop a set en route.
MONASTIR, TUNISIA – Evan Hoyt teamed up with Skander Mansouri to claim the doubles title at the ITF event. The Brit/Tunisian didn’t drop a set en route to lifting the trophy.
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Evan Hoyt teamed up with Skander Mansouri and were seeded second for the ITF doubles event in Tunisia. In the first round the Brit/Tunisia were up against Tiago Cacao & Luis Faria. The Portuguese fought hard in both sets, but ultimately it was the second seeds who secured the break in both sets to move into the quarter-final 6-3, 6-4.
The quarter-final saw the Brit/Tunisian pair against Aryan Goveas & Robert Strombachs. The Indian/German pairing could not stay with the second seeds in the first set. Goveas & Strombachs were totally dominated in the second set as Hoyt & Mansouri moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
In the semi-final the second seeds were against Skyler Butts & Joseph Van Meter. Hoyt & Mansouri once again were totally dominant in both sets. No matter what Butts & Van Meter threw at them, the Brit/Tunisian were equal to it. The seeds booked the spot in the final with a straight sets win 6-2, 6-2.
The final pitted the Brit/Tunisian against Diego Hidalgo & Gilbert Soares Klier Junior. The Ecuadorian/Brazilian pair proved to be the trickiest opponents to date. The seeds were taken to a tiebreak in the first set, however Hoyt & Mansouri dominated losing only one point. In the second set the Brit/Tunisian broke serve to take the title 7-6(1), 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Luke Johnson with Erik Crepaldi were defeated by Skyler Butts & Joseph Van Meter in the quarter-final in Tunisia 6-3, 7-5.
Scott Clayton with Adil Shamasdin were defeated by Elliot Benchetrit & Geoffrey Blancaneaux in the first round in Quimper 6-3, 6-4.
Gabriella Taylor with Alison Bai were defeated by Irina Bara & Ekaterine Gorgodze in the first round in Launceston 6-2. 6-2.
Aleksandra & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Naima Karamoko & Amber Washington in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-0, 6-3.
Tiffany William with Guo Shanshan were defeated by Fiona Ganz & Simona Waltert in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-0, 6-4.
Emilie Lindh with Laetitia Pulchartova were defeated by Mariana Drazic & Malene Helgø in the quarter-final in Sharm El Sheikh 6-0, 6-3.
Jake Hersey with Adil Kalyanpur were defeated by Sergi Perez Contri & Benjamin Winter Lopez in the first round in Spain 6-7(3), 6-3, 10-5.
Jodie Burrage & Freya Christie were defeated by Eri Hozumi & Miyabi Inoue in the first round in Jodhpur India 6-2, 3-6, 12-10.
Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Eri Hozumi & Miyabi Inoue in the semi-final in Jodhpur India 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.
Next week Brits play in Cordoba, Montpellier, Sofia, Dallas, Switzerland, Tunisia, Germany, France, Turkey, Bath & Egypt.
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