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.
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