It was a successful day for the British men today, after Jack Draper, Evan Hoyt, Lloyd Glasspool, Anton Matusevich and Ryan Peniston all clinched opening round wins at the M25 event in Barnstaple.
Rising star Jack Draper, who gained one of the controversial ITF main draw entrances, proved why so much is being talked about his potential with another huge ranking scalp. The 17 year-old eliminated fifth seed Johannes Haerteis – a cool 180 places above Draper in the world – 7-6 6-3.
Draper now meets Tim Van Rijthoven, who knocked out qualifer Aidan McHugh in straight sets.
Evan Hoyt pulled off a notable upset, eliminating former world number 52 Igor Sijsling 7-6 6-4. After reaching the final of the M15 event in Monastir last week, Hoyt comes into Barnstaple full of confidence and should be pleased with his opening round victory.
He now goes on to face top seed Antoine Escoffier in the next round.
Anton Matusevic used his wildcard into the main draw well, eliminating Peter Torebko 6-2 6-7 7-5. The Brit smashed a cool eight aces en route to victory and faces third seed Benjamin Hassal next. The German needed three sets to overcome wildcard Sean Hodkin, and will be looking for a second-successive victory over a Briton.
Lloyd Glasspool made the most of his ITF ranking to make it through to the second round. Glasspool defeated Brazilian Orlando Luz in three sets and will face the experienced Tobias Simon next.
Finally, in the battle of the Brits, wildcard Ryan Peniston cruised to a 6-0 6-1 victory over qualifier Neil Pauffley. Peniston now faces fourth seed Hugo Grenier next, after the Frenchman knocked out Mark Whitehouse.