Fourteen-year-old Team Bath MCTA Tennis Academy player Will Bissett is celebrating victory in the national finals of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 and Under Challenge, played at the home of The Championships.
Just weeks after Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova triumphed at Wimbledon, it was the turn of Bissett to take the honours, becoming the 10th winner of the boys’ title at the Road to Wimbledon event.
Bissett, who was unseeded for the tournament, beat four seed Mason Recci 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the final, having already dispatched the two, three and eight seeds.
Afterwards Bissett met someone else who knows a thing or two about playing at Wimbledon, former British number one Tim Henman, who is an ambassador for the Road to Wimbledon challenge.
“I was a bit nervous before the match, but all my matches have been tough so I knew I was well prepared to play Mason,” said Bissett.
“Competing in the Road to Wimbledon National Finals feels more special than any other event because you know the pro’s have been here,” he added. “It’s amazing to be junior and be able to play on the grass.”
Henman said: “The HSBC Road to Wimbledon is a wonderful way to inspire future generations of British tennis talent. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, it is hugely apparent that competitions like these are a fantastic way to help nurture British tennis.”
Bissett had to battle his way through a series of rounds to qualify for the finals at the All England Club Lawn Tennis Club, where 64 boys and girls got to experience the magic of the most famous grass courts in the world.
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