Federer warm-up makes it memorable week for Evan
LLANELLI'S Evan Hoyt saw his hopes of Wimbledon glory come to an end at the semi-final stage.
Hoyt, the current Tennis Wales player of the year and who last year helped Great Britain's Under-16 boys' team to victory in the Junior Davis Cup in Mexico, lost in the Boys' Doubles semi-final on Saturday.
Hoyt and South African partner Wayne Montgomery went down 7-6 7-6 to the Italian duo of Matteo Donati and Pietro Licciardi.
But despite the narrow defeat, it was a memorable tournament for Hoyt.
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After practising with Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year, the 17-year-old was last week on court with six-time — now seven-time — champion Roger Federer.
Federer, regarded by many as the greatest player of all time, sought out Hoyt as a practice partner ahead of his semi-final with Novak Djokovic.
Their session on Court 11 at SW19 came a year after Hoyt had been training with seven-time French Open champion Nadal.
And with a crowd gathering to watch Hoyt play with the mighty Federer, the Llanelli youngster was beaming with pride.
"That was absolutely fantastic," said Hoyt. "He is a legend, so to get the chance to hit with him is just the stuff of dreams.
"There was a good crowd watching us and I played some good tennis. I was hitting the ball well.
"I didn't expect him to say much afterwards, but he started asking about my schedule and what I was doing next.
"I told him I was going to play in Morocco next week to try and get some points ahead of the US Open, then play in the European Championships in Switzerland, which he knew about.
"I wished him luck for his semi and he wished me luck as well. What more can you ask for?"
The Federer practice was a memorable bonus for Hoyt, who lost his first-round singles match after injuring his thumb while diving to reach a ball.