14 Nov 2017

Spotlight On... Christopher Heyman - October 2017


By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Christopher HeymanChristopher Heyman (BEL)

October 2017


Christopher Heyman
(8 October 1993)

Played: 3 tournaments (2 singles titles)

Won: 26 Sets              Lost: 5 Sets
Won: 184 Games                Lost: 108 Games


This month saw Christopher Heyman arrive in Italy a 23-year-old and leave a 24-year-old but, unfortunately, a semifinal exit in in Santa Margherita Di Pula, having led in the match, meant he would not be taking the title with him.

It all started well for the Belgian who eased through the opening rounds without loss of a set, or even a game in his quarterfinal win, but, seeded fifth, he let slip a lead over his wild card opponent Gianluca Di Nicola, just two days before his 24th birthday, to make a 46 75 63 exit.

A week’s break followed before he next pitched up at a tournament.

Heyman arrived in Israel for back-to-back tournaments to see out the month, starting in Ashkelon where he was named as the top seed.

As in Italy, Heyman moved through the first three rounds and again failed to concede a game in a quarterfinal win, although this time only the one set was played before his opponent retired from the match.

A titanic battle ensued against Mor Bulis for a place in the final with Heyman coming out on top in three sets, all of which were settled on a tiebreak.  The final was also a three set affair and saw Heyman defeat an Israeli player for the third round in a row to claim his first singles title since winning in mid-April in Tunisia.

A second singles title was secured the following week in Kiryat Gat. Again as the number one seed, Heyman didn’t drop a set until the final against Argentina’s Matias Franco Descotte whom he saw off 63 67(5) 62.

Heyman now has three titles from five finals in 2017 and over the course of his pro career can boast eleven titles from sixteen finals.

Christopher Heyman (BEL)