Lexus Nottingham Challenger 2024: Results & updates
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Get all the latest results and updates from the first edition of the Lexus Nottingham Challenger - taking place between 5-11 February 2024.
Day seven: Mpetshi Perricard crowned champion
Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard is the Lexus Nottingham Challenger singles champion after defeating fellow Frenchman Matteo Martineau 7-6(2), 6-4.
The 20-year-old dropped just one set in an impressive week as he clinched a third career title - second at ATP Challenger Tour level.
The French star only lost nine points on serve in the final and didn't face a single break point throughout the match. A single break of Martineau's serve was all he needed to seal the title in an hour and 16 minutes.
Yesterday saw Petr Nouza and Patrik Rikl win the men's doubles trophy with a 6-3 7-6(3) victory over Britain's Joshua Paris and Antoine Escoffier.
Next week will see many of the British stars head to Scotstoun Tennis Centre for the Lexus Glasgow Challenger. Read our full preview.
Britain's Joshua Paris and French partner Antoine Escoffier have capped off a strong week as runners-up at the Lexus Nottingham Challenger.
The pair were edged to the trophy by Czech duo Patrik Rikl and Petr Nouza who proved to be the stronger team on the day, eventually prevailing 6-3, 7-6(3).
Meanwhile in the singles draw, the stage has been set for an all-French battle in Sunday's final, as Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard and Matteo Martineau prepare to contest the silverware.
Martineau booked his spot in the final after defeating Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4, 7-6(5). The world No.250 has been a dominant force throughout the week and will enter the championship match having not dropped a set.
Mpetshi Perricard, who took out Britain's Ryan Peniston and Hamish Stewart en route to the final, sealed his spot with a straight sets victory over Alexander Blockx - winning 7-6(8), 6-2 in an hour and 17 minutes.
The pair will go head-to-head on Sunday 11 February at 11:00 GMT.
Day five: Stewart falls short in tight quarter-final battle
Britian's Hamish Stewart was denied a spot in the Lexus Nottingham Challenger semi-finals after being edged by Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, 7-6(7), 7-6(3) in just under two hours.
Despite Stewart being the first to draw blood in the opening set, the Frenchman soon responded with a break of his own to keep the even up the contest. The Brit proved stronger behind his serve than his opponent, serving a first serve percentage of 76% to Mpetshi Perricard's 58%.
With a tie-break to decide the fate of the first set, it was the world No.198 who settled first as he caught a late break to seal the set.
Into the second they went and the pair stayed close to each other in what was a similar story to the first set. The second consecutive tie-break saw Mpetshi Perricard work his way up a gear as he raced ahead to a double mini-break, eventually closing out the match on his third match point.
The Frenchman is set to face Belgium's Alexander Blockx in Saturday's semi-final.
They'll take on Czech pair Petr Nouza and Patrik Rikl in a bid for the title, after they ousted second seeds Luke Johnson and Ben Jones, 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-8.
Day four: Harris bows out to Martineau; British doubles stars reach semi-finals
Billy Harris' hopes of lifting a first Challenger title have come to an end at the hands of Matteo Martineau, losing out 7-6(4), 6-4.
Despite little separating the two in the opening set, it was the Frenchman who took his chances in the tie-break as he wrapped up the set to take the advantage. With the momentum swinging in the direction of the world No.250, Harris fought hard to stay in the match but evenually fell short as Martineau closed out the match in an hour and 33 minutes.
Meanwhile in the doubles draw, success came for Joshua Paris & Antoine Escoffier and British duo Luke Johnson & Ben Jones who have all secured a place in the semi-finals.
Paris and Escoffier defeated top seeds Filip Bergevi & Mick Veldheer 7-6(3), 5-7, 10-4, while the all-British team took out Aidan McHugh & Chrsitian Harrison, 6-4, 7-6(5).
Day three: Stewart edges Jubb; Edmund misses out in three set epic
It's been another busy day at the Lexus Nottingham Challenger, with a host of British and international talent taking to the court. Hamish Stewart came out on top in a battle of the Brits against Paul Jubb, while Jan Choinski and Kyle Edmund both lost out in tough three-set matches.
Stewart, who came through qualifying to reach the main draw, produced another impressive performance against fellow Brit Jubb, with the former gliding to a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
The 24-year-old looked to get on the front foot from the off, as he broke the Jubb serve twice to take a one set lead. In a similar fashion to the first, Stewart found the first breakthrough before going on to clinch a hold to love to secure the win and book his place to the quarter-finals.
Wild card Edmund came close to a spot in the final six, but just missed out to Belgium's Joria De Loore, 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4 in a battle that lasted almost three hours.
Despite clawing the match back to level terms in the second set tie-break, Edmund dropped serve early on in the third, allowing the Belgian the opportunity to take the reigns and eventually, close in on victory.
Meanwhile, top seed Jan Choinski also found himself in a three-set thriller with Dimitar Kuzmanov, which eventually saw him bow out in a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 defeat.
Day two: Harris and Stewart sail through to second round
Day two of the Lexus Nottingham Challenger saw multiple Brits in action, with noteable victories coming for Billy Harris and Hamish Stewart.
Harris came through an all-British battle against Alastair Gray to win 6-4, 6-3.
Having facing three break points on his opening service game of the match, Harris produced the ideal response as he brought up a break point of his own which he soon converted at the first opportunity. Despite being a match of fine margins, it was Harris who took his chances when presented, as he wrapped up the win on the second match point.
Stewart became the third Brit to reach the second round, after knocking out Jiri Vesley 7-5, 6-3.
The 24-year-old proved tough to break down on serve - facing only one break point and producing an impressive 19 aces throughout the one hour 22 minute match. He'll now face compatriot Paul Jubb in the next round.
Meanwhile, wild card entrant Henry Searle was beaten by Abdullah Shelbayh 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
After dropping the opening set to the world No.188, Searle fought back to clinch the only break in the second set to level up the scoreboard. However, Shelbayh worked his way through the gears in the decisive set to move ahead to a 4-1 lead and eventually close in on the win in an hour and 46 minutes.
It was also the end of the road for Ryan Peniston, who lost out to Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard 6-3, 6-2, while Charles Broom was defeated by Mikhail Kukushkin, 6-4, 7-6(3).
Success also came for Luke Johnson, Ben Jones and Joshua Paris who all won their first round contests.
Day one: Jubb makes winning start in Nottingham
The first match of the main draw at the Lexus Nottingham Challenger saw British wild card Paul Jubb defeat second seed Antoine Escoffier 6-1, 6-4.
After facing break point on his opening service game, Jubb only lost nine points for the rest of the first set.
The 24-year-old showed great composure in the big moments of the match. Having lost a break lead late in the second, Jubb came back with the perfect response. The young Brit capitalised on two short second serves from the Frenchman to edge 5-4 in front before closing out the match in an hour and 22 minutes.
Next up he'll face either Jiri Vesely or fellow Brit Hamish Stewart.
Stewart was one of three Brits to win in the final round of qualifying earlier in the morning, alongside Alastair Gray and Charles Broom.