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The British number four had been unbeaten for more than a month, a run taking in two titles on the second-tier Challenger Tour and one of the best weeks of his career in Budapest.
The plunging value of the pound since the Brexit vote last summer has contributed to prize fund hikes at Wimbledon in 2017 so that stars will not have to endure big ‘real terms’ drops in income.
OLIVER HOLT: A matter of hours after her drugs ban ended, tennis rushed Maria Sharapova back into its cloistered world last week as if it were a convent refrocking a pregnant nun.
MIKE DICKSON IN STUTTGART: Maria Sharapova’s hopes of playing at the French Open and Wimbledon were given a juddering shake on Saturday evening.
World No. 1 Andy Murray lost to Dominic Thiem of Austria in the Barcelona Open semi-finals on Saturday. Murray's defeat came a week after he exited the third round at Monte Carlo.
British No 4 Aljax Bedene continued his remarkable run of form on clay when he won his sixteenth match in a row to make the final of the Gazprom Hungarian Open. He beat Laslo Djere 6-2 6-4.
Rafael Nadal survived a difficult start to see off thbe challenge of Chung Hyeon in straight sets and reach the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open for a 10th time on Friday.
Andy Murray avoided losing to Albert Ramos-Vinolas for the second successive week with a battling performance at the Barcelona Open.
MIKE DICKSON IN STUTTGART: The former world No 1 can amass enough points to play in at least the qualifying events of the next two Grand Slams if she beats her next opponent.
Aljaz Bedene upset second seed Ivo Karlovic in the quarter-finals of the Hungarian Open for his 15th straight win. He broke the Croatian's serve early in both sets on his way to a 6-4 6-3 victory.
Andy Murray is through to the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open after beating Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. Murray is aiming to win his first Barcelona Open title.
Third seed Rafael Nadal remains on course for a tenth Barcelona Open title, advancing to the quarter finals with a routine 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson.
MIKE DICKSON IN STUTTGART: The 30-year-old Russian is into the last eight of the Porsche Grand Prix after an initially hard fought 7-5 6-1 victory over world No 43 Ekaterina Makarova.
Dan Evans' unlikely run at the Barcelona Open came to an end with a third-round loss to fourth seed Dominic Thiem.
MIKE DICKSON IN STUTTGART: The slim chance of Jo Konta meeting Maria Sharapova ended when she was beaten in the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix.
The French Open has increased prize money to a total of €36million (£30.4million) for this summer's tournament, a rise of €4m from last year's event at Roland Garros in Paris.
Sharapova beat Roberta Vinci 7-5 6-3 on her return to competitive tennis at the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday, having served a 15-month doping suspension for using meldonium.
MIKE DICKSON IN STUTTGART: On the exact day that her 15-month doping ban expired, the five-times Grand Slam champion served notice that she will once again be a force.
Johanna Konta put a difficult weekend behind her to reach the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart with a victory over teenager Naomi Osaka.
Andy Murray has advanced to the third round of the Barcelona Open without playing a stroke after opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew on Wednesday morning.