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Home Nations 2018
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Scottish Open Grade 2 and Edinburgh TE/ITF 2018
Halton Gosling 2018
Nottingham Grade 2 and U14 TE / U18 ITF
BBC SPORT WALES STORY - "James Story - The new Story of Welsh tennis"
Correct as of 9th December…
The month of November began in great fashion with a hat-trick of international doubles titles all over the world in the same week. Evan Hoyt won his first ever challenger level doubles tournament in Australia, James Story won the grade 3 ITF junior event in France and Finn Murgett won the grade 4 ITF junior event in Finland. All the finals took place over the same weekend and it was fantastic to convert all three finals into wins!
Evan had a number of strong performances in Tunisia in his final trip of the year. He reached the QF and the SF of the two singles events and won another doubles title to finish off what has been a great year for him. He will finish the year ranked in the top 450 players in the world.
James Story reached the semi-final of the singles ITF junior event in France winning his first three matches but narrowly missing out 76 76 in the semi-final. He then went on to compete in the Grade 1 and Grade A ITF junior events in Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl respectively.
Liverpool hosted some international events in November with Morgan Cross reaching the semi-final of the first week and Megan Davies qualifying and reaching the quarter finals of the second week. It was also a good couple of weeks in Liverpool for Finn Murgett who reached the semi-final of the singles in week one and won the doubles in week two.
Hugo Cochlin and Wil Jenkins will be competing in this year’s U14 Orange Bowl Championships in Florida. It’s a chance for them to compete against some world class players from all over the world. Famous winners in the past have included Tommy Haas, Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Murray (U12s) and Justine Henin (U14s girls). Wil starts in qualifying while Hugo has been accepted into the Main Draw.
The adult winter county cup events took place at the end of November at venues all over the country. Congratulations to North Wales Men and South Wales Ladies who managed to stay in the divisions they were in. South Wales Men and North Wales Ladies were relegated from their respective divisions.
Welsh player Viktor Frydrych represented GB 13&U team in an internation friendly in London Vs France, with an impressive 16-18 win. Viktor also played a 12&U Tennis Europe in France at the beginning on November and won the Doubles title with partner Leo Cohen Bacrie from France.
Well done to Oliver Page who came 2nd and Archie Gray 3rd, in the 10&U LTA Winter National Tour event in Norfolk.
Good luck to all of the Welsh players who will be competing in the WNT events between Christmas and New Year in various places across the UK.
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.