By Glenys Furness

  • Evan Hoyt claimed title in Portugal
  • Brit was seeded seventh.
PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – Evan Hoyt entered the ITF event in Portugal and was seeded seventh. Hoyt had to fight hard to claim the title.


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Brit of the Week

Evan Hoyt entered the ITF event in Portimão, Portugal. The Brit was seeded seventh and drew Leonid Sheyngezikht in the first round. The Bulgarian was no match for the seed as Hoyt dominated in both sets. Barely putting a foot wrong the Brit moved easily into the second round for the loss of only three games 6-1, 6-2.

In the second round Hoyt was against Peter Bothwell. The seed got off to the best start and managed to get the break in the first set to take the lead. However, the Irishman re-grouped in the second set, forcing a break on the Brit and levelled up the match. The final set was all one way traffic, Hoyt totally dominated the set. Bothwell could do nothing to stop the rot and the Brit moved into the next round 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

The quarter-final saw the seventh seed play Tomas Martin Etcheverry. The Argentine gave the Brit his toughest test yet. Etcheverry stayed toe to toe with Hoyt in the first set and forced a tiebreak. The Brit secured the mini break and kept ahead to take the set. In the second set the Argentine against forced a breaker, this time it was Etcheverry that got the set. In the final set both players didn’t want to give an inch, but eventually Hoyt secured the break and took the win 7-6(4), 6-7(4). 7-5.

In the semi-final the Brit was against the fifth seed Alejandro Gómez. The Colombian pushed Hoyt hard, and forced the first set into a tiebreak. Gómez managed to take the set and was in the lead. Hoyt looked to fight back in the second set. The seed was made to fight hard and broke serve in both the remaining sets to make his way into the final 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-5.

The final saw Hoyt face Tiago Cacao. The unseeded Portuguese had the crowd behind him, however it was the Brit who struck first and broke serve. Cacao was unable to break back and the seed had the lead. The second set was much closer, as the pair went toe to toe. Eventually a tiebreak ensued, the Brit was able to get the mini break. Cacao could not get back level, meaning that Hoyt claimed the title 6-3, 7-6(4).


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Anton Matusevich was defeated by Mateo Nicolás Martínez in the first round in Portugal 6-2, 6-2.

Luke Johnson was defeated by Henry Craig in the second round in Portugal 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

Dan Evans was defeated by Taro Daniel in the second round in Pheonix 6-2, 6-2.

Liam Broady was defeated by Nikola Milojević in the second round in Drummondville 6-2, 7-6(4).

James Ward was defeated by Stefano Napolitano in the second round in Shenzhen 6-4, 7-5.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Lloyd Glasspool in the first round in Bakersfield 6-4, 6-2.

Andrew Watson was defeated by Sekou Bangoura in the second round in Bakersfield 6-1, 6-4.

Jack Draper was defeated by Lloyd Glasspool in the second round in Bakersfield 6-1, 5-2 RET.

Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Aleksandar Vukic in the quarter-final in Bakersfield 6-2, 7-5.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Alan Kohen in the first round in California 6-3, 6-3.

Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Vasil Kirkov in the second round in California 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5).

Finn Bass was defeated by Jaimee Angele in the second round in California 7-6(1), 6-2.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Juan Hernandez Serrano in the first round in Mexico 6-0, 7-5.

George Loffhagen was defeated by Marek Semjan in the first round in Doha 7-6(0), 7-6(3).

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Corentin Denolly in the first round in Poitiers 6-1, 6-4.

Freya Christie was defeated by Olga Ianchuk in the first round in California 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-1.

Tiffany William was defeated by Safiya Carrington in the first round in Mexico 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Lou Brouleau in the semi-final in Mexico 6-1, 6-3.

Ella Taylor was defeated by Maneva Rakotomalala in the first round in Gonesse 6-4, 6-4.

Amanda Carreras was defeated by Eléonora Molinaro in the first round in Gonesse 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Francesca Jones was defeated by Mayo Hibi in the first round in Japan 6-4, 6-0.

Katy Dunne was defeated by Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the first round in Japan 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Jodie Burrage was defeated by Dasha Lopatetska in the quarter-final in Japan 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Dasha Lopatetska in the final in Japan 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3.

Alice Gillan was defeated by Anna Kubareva in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Next Week Brits play in Miami, Lille, USA Futures, Portugal, Mexico, Tunisia, Turkey, Bahrain, Japan, Australia, France & Egypt.


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