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As at 28th June 2018
Hugo Cochlin reached the Last 16 of the U14 Tennis Europe grade 1 event in Messina, Italy. Hugo was part of a GB Boys National trip run by LTA National Coach Richard Plews. Hugo then moved on to the grade 2 event in Latvia where he reached the Semi-Finals of the singles which helped to move him inside the top 75 in the Tennis Europe rankings.
On the back of his performances Hugo has been selected to represent Team GB in the U14 Summer Cup and the Individual European Championships later this summer. A fantastic achievement and great honour for Hugo.
Mimi Xu and Viktor Frydrych were selected to represent GB U12 Teams in the Queenswood International event. Mimi and Viktor represented GB in style with the boys team winning the event and doing so undefeated and the girls team finishing in fourth place.
Gracie Hurley reached the main draw of the U12 Tennis Europe event in Halton winning two matches to come through qualifying. Mimi Xu won her first round match in the main draw in singles and also reached the SF of the doubles.
Evan Hoyt competed in the Wimbledon wild card playoffs along with 15 other British hopefuls all looking to earn themselves a wild card into the qualifying draw and an opportunity to progress still further. Evan drew the top seeded Dan Evans in the first round and lost 62 64 in a very competitive match.
Nicole Kells travelled out to Portugal for a grade 3 U14 Tennis Europe event and gave a good account of herself reaching the 2nd round of the singles and the Quarter-Finals of the doubles.
Swansea TC were announced as one of only eleven Regional Player Development Centres across the UK as part of the new LTA Performance Pathway Programme. It’s testament to the great work which has been going on at the centre and will be of great benefit to players from September. Well done to all involved!
As at 4th June 2018
Penarth Windsor hosted a Tier 1 British Tour event in May and which is currently Wales’ highest level competition. Players came from all over the country to compete and the club did a fantastic job of putting on a memorable event. In In the Ladies event there were notable performances from both Kimberly Mpukusa who reached the semi-final and Elinor Beazley who reached the last 16. In the men’s event, Wales dominated with an all Welsh final between top seeded Evan Hoyt and Chris Lewis. Evan won the final to claim his first singles title of 2018.
Evan claimed another title at the end of May winning the doubles event at the ITF Futures tournament in Spain with partner Patrik Niklas-Salminen of Finland.
Cardiff Met University have won the National Premier League doubles title for a record breaking fourth consecutive year! The finals were held in Leeds over the May Bank Holiday weekend and the team made history by beating The Queen’s Club in the final on match tie-break shootout. The team was captained by Chris Lewis and was made up of Marcus Willis, Craig Evans and Simon Dickson.
Mimi Xu and Viktor Frydrych were invited to a national training camp on clay in La Manga in recognition of their achievements so far this year. Well done to both on their selections for the camp. Viktor has also had a great end to the month winning two singles titles back to back at the U12 Tennis Europe event in Slovenia and the U12 grade 2 event in Halton!
There were some good performances at the grade 2 events in Gosling and Halton during May half term week. Elinor Beazley reached the semi-final of the U18 Girls Singles event and Danny Flynn reached the quarter-final of the U16 Boys Singles and also the semi-final of the Doubles. Mimi Xu reached the semi-final of the U12 Girls Doubles event.
A Team Wales trip ran successfully to some of the age groups at the domestic events in Halton and Gosling during May half term. The team had a great time both on and off the court and a trip report can be found above.
As at end of April 2018
April saw a number of excellent achievements from Welsh players all over the UK and overseas, these included:
Evan Hoyt reached the Semi-Final of a Men’s Futures event in Egypt. Evan also won the doubles that same week making it the most successful week for him since his return from injury. Evan is due to compete at the Penarth Tier 1 British Tour in May.
Mimi Xu won the singles and doubles at the prestigious Tennis Europe event in Bressuire, France. Mimi won a clean sweep of the U11 titles and should be extremely proud of herself for such a fantastic international success. Viktor Frydrych reached the SF of the U12 boys event at the same tournament and also reached the final of the doubles. Well done to both players.
Joe White reached the final of an ITF junior event in Israel. This was Joe’s first ever ITF final! He was able to back it up with a QF the following week and is currently competing in the ITF event in Nottingham where he has won his 1st round match.
Morgan Cross reached the QF of three separate ITF junior events in April in Tunisia, Tunisia and Nottingham. She showed during this period that she is consistently winning matches at this level. Morgan also picked up her 6th junior international doubles title by winning one of the events in Tunisia.
Hugo Cochlin has been competing all over Europe on the Tennis Europe U14 circuit and has now moved his ranking into the top 80. Hugo qualified and reached the 2nd round of the category one event in Maia, Portugal plus the SF of the doubles and then reached the final of the singles and doubles at the category three event in Nottingham. Well done Hugo.
Well done to Elinor Beazley, Megan Davies and Finn Murgett who have all been winning main draw matches on the ITF junior circuit in singles and doubles in April and improving their international rankings accordingly. Aditi Chezhian and Nicole Kells have also improved their U14 Tennis Europe rankings in the same period.
Danny Flynn reached the Semi Final of the U16 Boys Singles at both of the Easter grade 2 domestic events in Sutton and Nottingham. Danny showed a consistently high level of tennis over the two week period. A great effort.
The first Team Wales trip ran successfully to the domestic and international events in Nottingham earlier this month led by Team Wales Manger, Chris Lewis. The team had a great time both on and off the court. A full report on this trip can be found above.
As at end of March 2018
Congratulations to Viktor Frydrych who on the back of finishing 3rd with the U12 GB Winter Cup Team, made the Semi-Finals of the prestigious U12 International event in Auray as well as the U12 Winter National Tour Finals at NTC. It’s been an excellent period of competition for Viktor.
The U12 Winter National Tour Finals featured 3 other Welsh players in addition to Viktor. Jethro Dela Vega also reached the Semi-Finals, Zac Essenhigh lost in the Quarter-Finals and Elina Pickerd-Barua lost in the first round. All of the players did really well to qualify for the Finals by finishing in the top 16 players over the three Winter National Tour events. We were very close to an all-welsh boys final with both of the boys losing out on match tie-breaks!
Megan Davies qualified for the U16 Winter National Tour Finals the month after she had also done so for the U18 age group. A great effort by Megan to qualify for the finals of both age groups.
Evan Hoyt reached the last 16 two weeks in a row at Futures events in Egypt this month.
Hugo Cochlin competed in the category one Tennis Europe events in Stockholm and Maia. Hugo qualified and made the last 16 in Stockholm, losing to the eventual winner and has also made a good start in Portugal where he has qualified and won his first round match so far.
Gracie Hurley qualified for the Winter National Tour 10&U Finals and did very well achieving a Top 10 finish.
Wales 9&U team travelled to Ellesmere College to take on Tennis Midlands and Tennis Scotland. Narrowly lost to Scotland by 10 points overall. The match vs Midlands went to the wire with Wales pulling it back to draw (38-38) on the last round of mixed doubles. Team: Alex Farmanbar, Christian Hawkey, Aiden Coopman, Ollie Page, Mali Gilani, Anna Vaughan-Griffiths, Takunda Muzwarvi, Freya Walters, Archie Gray, Jemima Dean, Bronwen Howard-Rees, Charlotte Olley-Madriaga.
Following this, the team then went on to play their final match of the season against the South West region. Wales finished thed day with an overall win by 1 point! Well done to the whole team; Oliver Page, Archie Gray, Liam Evans, Niall Pickard-Barua, Jemima Dean, Ann Vaughan-Griffiths, Charlotte Olley-Magriaga and Bronwen Howard-Rees. Thank you to Emily Watson, Captain and Rob Gaunt, Assistant Captain for your hard work.