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Home Nations 2018
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BBC SPORT WALES STORY - "James Story - The new Story of Welsh tennis"
Correct as of 28th October…
It’s been a really successful month for Evan Hoyt who has climbed to a career high ATP ranking of 456. Evan has now spent over six weeks in Australia and has won his first $25,000 Futures event as well as his first ATP Challenger level main draw singles match. Evan has one tournament remaining before returning home. Great work Ev!
James Story won another international doubles title in Spain at a grade two ITF with his Junior Wimbledon partner, Harry Wendelken. The pair won some very close matches over the course of the event but came away with the trophy.
Danny Flynn reached the semi-final of the British Tour event in Taunton. This is the furthest that Danny has progressed in a national level senior event and shows the progress he is making. He followed that up by reaching the final of the U18 Winter National Tour event in Bolton to round off a successful couple of weeks.
Megan Davies reached the quarter-final of the ITF Junior event in Bahrain. Megan beat the 7th seed on the way to her best ever performance at an international junior event. Meg also made the QF of the doubles.
Ricky Hernandez Tong has been in good form in the US, winning the ITA Mountain Regional Singles Championships. In doing so Ricky became the first student at his college to win at that level since 2003. The title guarantees him a place in the ITA Fall National Championships in Arizona in November.
Finn Murgett reached the QF of the British Tour in Glasgow losing in a very close match against the eventual finalist. Finn has been competing well at British Tour level in recent weeks.
Finally, nine Welsh juniors competed in the first Winter National Tour events of the season in Nottingham, Bolton and Sunderland. There were lots of competitive matches played and Tennis Wales were able to offer coach support to many of the players competing by linking with a number of their individual coaches. A special mention to Danny Flynn who was the runner-up in the U18 Boys event but congratulations to all of the players who took part in the main draw and qualifying events.
As of 30th September 2018
Congratulations to the Junior Home Nations team who triumphed in Belfast to take the overall title for the first time since 2015. The U18 team won their age group while the U14 and U12 teams both finished as runners-up. Wales won the title by one point ahead of England with Ireland finishing in third place and Scotland last. There is a full Home Nations report available above.
Congratulations to Joe White who won his first junior ITF singles title in Cyprus. Joe won the grade 4 event losing only one set along the way and earning a ranking jump to number 276 in the world. Joe’s results have improved greatly this year and he is targeting competing at the junior Grand Slam events in his final year of junior tennis next year.
Evan Hoyt has enjoyed a successful trip to the Men’s Futures events Australia thus far. In week one he reached the QF of the singles and won the doubles and in week two he reached the final of the singles and was only defeated narrowly in the final by the top seed. These results will see Evan’s world ranking increase and are a reward for a lot of hard work.
James Story reached two doubles finals in a row at the Men’s $15,000 Futures events in Roehampton and Barnstaple. James and his partner Connor Thompson were narrowly edged out of the final in Roehampton losing in a match tie-break. In Barnstaple, James and his partner Aidan Mchugh were able to go one better and take the title. It was James’ first title at a senior professional event and is another milestone for him to be very proud of.
As at September 1st
There were a number of domestic and International successes to report in the month of August with some of the highlights including:
James Story won his maiden British Tour event in Newcastle winning five main draw matches to do so. This led into a block of three ITF junior tournaments on red clay in Germany and Hungary. The highlight for James was the middle week of the three when he reached the SF of the singles event, beating two top 100 players along the way. James also won back to back doubles titles with his partner Connor Thomson. These were grade 2 ITF events and the results will help to move his junior ranking very close to the top 100.
Wales also had another two players involved in the Junior ITF events in Germany and Hungary with Morgan Cross and Finn Murgett competing. The experience of playing higher grade ITFs on red clay is great for a player’s development and both players had some tough matches which they will learn a lot from. Morgan reached the QF of the doubles in the final week.
Evan Hoyt reached the QF stage of 3 ITF Futures events in August in Spain and Portugal and also reached a final in doubles. His ranking is moving steadily back up towards where it was before his shoulder injury.
The Team Wales trip to Nationals in Nottingham ran successfully and there were some strong performances from Welsh players. The trip report can be found on the Tennis Wales website. It is worth noting that Viktor Frydrych was the stand out performer this year reaching the SF of the U12 Boys singles and the final of the doubles. Wales also had 3 consolation draw winners this year in Mimi Xu (U12 Girls), Danny Flynn (U16 Boys) and Elinor Beazley (U18 Girls).
U14 Tennis Europe events were well populated with Welsh players this month. The TE events in Ireland saw Elina Pickerd Barua, Aditi Chezhian and Lili Harvey-Hemming all competing for back to back weeks. Elina also competed in Luxembourg and Belgium in the same month reaching the doubles final in the latter event. Jethro Dela Vega also travelled to Belgium to play 3 weeks of TE events. In one of the grade 2 events he played, he qualified and reached the QF of the singles which represented his best performance in a TE event to date. Well done to everyone for getting out there and playing some overseas TE events.
The Welsh Championships took place in Cardiff Castle LTC with an excellent level of tennis on display especially on finals day when the finals of all age groups from U10 through to senior were contested. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up and all those involved in the event.
A big well done to Mel South who was chosen to captain the U18 GB Girls Summer Cup team in Bulgaria. Mel has recently moved to a full-time coaching role at David Lloyd Swansea and it’s fantastic to have a coach of such pedigree committing to a future in Wales, helping Welsh players.
Finally, Fran Lewis captained the U16 GB Girls team at the European Championships at the end of July.
As at 28th July 2018
July saw the British grass court season and of course Wimbledon, with the junior run of events in Roehampton and Junior Wimbledon providing the highest level of junior competition in the UK at any time of the year. Wales had four players take part across the two events with Finn Murgett and Elinor Beazley playing in the Roehampton qualifying and James Story and Morgan Cross playing in the main draw (singles and doubles).
Amidst some stiff competition, James was able to win through to the 2nd round of the singles by beating the number 13 ranked junior in the world in the 1st round! James also made the last 16 of the doubles losing narrowly in a match tie-break 3rd set.
In junior Wimbledon, both James and Morgan lost in the qualifying of the singles but were awarded wild cards into the main draw of the doubles. It was a proud moment for Welsh tennis to have representation at Wimbledon for the first time since 2012. Morgan and her partner won their first round before losing in the last 16 while James and his partner progressed through to the semi-final stage. Next year we will hopefully have some representation in the junior singles main draw as well as the doubles.
Away from Wimbledon, Evan Hoyt reached the semi-final of a Men’s $25K + H Futures event in Spain earlier this month and also lost in the final of the doubles that same week. He followed that up with a doubles title the following week and is showing steady progress which has increased his world ranking to #742.
Joe White has been busy this month reaching a final and a quarter final of junior ITF singles events in Greece. Joe has also been showing some good form on the doubles court and has increased his combined international junior ranking to #418 which is the highest he has reached so far. Well done Joe!
Finn Murgett won an ITF doubles title in Ireland this month and also made the last 16 of the singles. Good job Finn.
Hugo Cochlin was selected to represent GB in the U14 Summer Cup team event and also the European Individual Championships in Prague. Hugo has gained a huge amount of experience at these events and won the consolation event in at Europeans. He now moves on to the grade 1 U14 TE event in Germany next week.
Jethro Dela Vega played two U14 TE events in Holland reaching the 2nd round of the singles in both.
A Team Wales trip ran to Scotland at the start of the month for two weeks to include the domestic grade 2 event and the International TE/ITF events. The trip report can be found on the Tennis Wales website but the highlights were that Danny Flynn won the singles and doubles of the U16 grade 2 event, there were first international points for 5 Welsh juniors, Wales had 3 quarter finalists in the U14 TE singles events and Shay Ryan and Rufus Plane won the U14 TE doubles event. A really successful trip.
At Bath Grade 2 congratulations to Mimi Xu who teamed up with her partner to win the U12 girls doubles event, to Elinor Beazley who reached the semi-final of the U18 singles event and to Elinor and Megan Davies who joined forces to reach the semi-final of the U18 doubles event.
Wales had two teams qualify for the Team Tennis National Junior finals at NTC this month. Well done to both Swansea TC who came 4th overall in the U18 Boys event and Cardiff Met University who came 3rd overall in the U14 Boys event.
Senior County Cup took place the week of July 23rd with the highlight being that South Wales Men were promoted to Group One. A huge well done to the team who were undefeated all week. South Wales Ladies and North Wales Ladies stayed in their groups while North Wales men were unfortunately relegated from Group Three.
Oliver Page and Archie Grey (South Wales) won the recent Summer National Tour (Grade 2) 10&U Boys doubles competition in Bath. Both boys have played doubles together in County Training and County Competitions this year so it’s great to see their partnership pay-off in a GB level event.
As at 28th July 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.