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Correct as of Monday 11th March 2019

Welsh tennis experienced another impressive month in February with a number of domestic and international titles…

Evan Hoyt, who was crowned player of the year at the Tennis Wales awards earlier this year, has moved his singles ATP world ranking up to 493 and his ITF World Tennis Tour ranking up to 55 after some strong recent performances in Tunisia and GB.  Ev has reached one final and two semi-finals in singles and has won three doubles titles in four weeks!

James Story moved into the top 100 of the ITF junior world rankings for the first time this month.  Trips to some high grade events in USA, Australia and Russia have all contributed to his rise.  Most recently, James reached the semi-final of the grade 3 event and the Last 16 of the grade 1 event in Russia and finished as winner and runner-up in doubles respectively.

Mimi Xu represented Great Britain at the U12 European Winter Cup Finals with the team finishing in third position overall.  Mimi remained undefeated in her singles matches!

Joe White reached the SF of the grade 3 ITF event in Cyprus following on from a doubles title he won in Norway the previous week.

There was no shortage of international doubles titles over the last month:

Evan Hoyt – Winner of Men’s ITFs in Tunisia, Barnstaple, Glasgow

Morgan Cross – Winner of junior ITF in Norway

James Story – Winner of junior ITF in Russia

Joe White – Winner of junior ITF in Norway

Mimi Xu – Winner of U12 Tennis Europe event in France

Ollie Page and Archie Gray have been performing very well at the U10 Winter National Tour events.  At the 3rd WNT event of the season in Bolton, Ollie and Archie both reached the final.  This was the first time in many years there had been an all welsh final at a national level event.  As a result of their performances over the season both of the boys qualified for the end of circuit WNT Finals event at NTC with Ollie narrowly losing out in the main draw final and Archie winning the consolation event.

The final round of events in the U12 and U16 WNT circuits took place in February with 7 Welsh juniors taking part.  Hugo Cochlin and Aditi Chezhian both won through their qualifying groups in the U16 event and Conor Flynn reached the semi-final of the U12 boys event.  Tennis Wales provided on site coach support to the Welsh players at both events.

 

 

Correct as of 3rd February 2019…

Evan Hoyt finished 2018 at an ATP world ranking of 448 having reached a career high of 414 shortly prior to that.  Evan started 2019 with some tournaments in America and is currently competing in Tunisia.  Evan had a good week this week, reaching the semi-final of the singles and winning the doubles to pick up his first title of the year.

James Story became the first welsh junior to play in the main draw of the junior Australian Open for thirty years.  James won two matches to come through the qualifying event and take his place amongst some of the world’s best juniors.  James lost in the first round of the main draw but the experience has further fuelled his desire to play in the junior grand slams and he is now closing in on a top 100 ITF junior ranking.

December saw three welsh players competing in the Orange Bowl junior championships in Miami, Florida.  Wil Jenkins and Hugo Cochlin competed in the U14 boys event and James Story competed in the U18 boys event.  The warm climate draws in competitors coming from all over the world, making the Orange Bowl one of the leading junior events.  None of the boys were able to make it past the early stages but a fantastic learning experience for them.

Finn Murgett picked up another international doubles title at the ITF Grade 3 event in Sweden.  Finn is playing a number of junior international events in order to try to put himself in contention for some of the junior grand slams later in the year. 

Bath British Tour saw a number of welsh players competing.  Well done to Morgan Cross and Megan Davies who both came through the qualifying event at their training base.  Morgan went on to reach the quarter finals and Megan reached the last 16.  Elinor Beazley, Kimberly Mpukusa and Danny Flynn were accepted directly into the main draw but lost their first matches.

The U18 winter national tour finals took place at NTC with Danny Flynn and Megan Davies having gained enough points to qualify from their performances in the preceding two events.  Megan enjoyed a good run to the semi-finals whilst Danny reached the quarter finals but was forced to retire with an ongoing injury.  Both players did really well to qualify for the finals.

A number of junior winter national tour events have taken place over the last month or so and there have been some excellent results for welsh players, the best of which are as follows:

U10 WNT1 – Ollie Page finished as runner up and Archie Gray finished in 3rd place

U10 WNT2 – Ollie Page winner and Archie Gray finished in 3rd place

U12 WNT2 – Conor Flynn and Mimi Xu both finished as runners up in their events

U14 WNT – Aditi Chezhian and Rufus Plane both reached the last 16

U18 WNT – Danny Flynn and Megan Davies both reached the last 16 but unfortunately both had to retire injured.

Extra information

Mimi Xu - 

It’s been a busy start to the year for Mimi Xu. Following on from a trip out to France to play a friendly match against the hosts Mimi represented GB in the 12U Winter Cup in Austria. Mimi was an integral part of the GB team playing both singles and doubles. Team GB won their qualifying group and now move into the European Finals in February. Best of luck to Mimi and Team GB for the finals .

10U Wales National Camp - 

Tennis Wales ran an excellent training camp in Newport in January. The 10U camp is part of the new Tennis Wales Player Pathway and brought together players from across Wales for a weekend of fun, high-intensity training

 
 

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