Congratulations to James Davis who won The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National Finals at Wimbledon this week.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon finals brings together youngsters from all over the country who have won through club and county events. These talented players are invited to the National finals which are held on the actual courts which are used during The Wimbledon Championships earlier in the year.
This is James’ second year of reaching this national event although last year it was held at The Bank of England Sports Ground, Roehampton due to the Olympics. Although James played well last year he just lost out in the singles final to Luke Hammond from Warwickshire and so this year was determined to go one better!
After a great week of competition James battled through to reach both the final in the singles and, partnered by Matthew Summers, the doubles event. By reaching the finals for a second year running James has made Road to Wimbledon history by being the first boy to ever do this!
Finals day arrived and James' first match saw him playing Joe Tyler from Northamptonshire in the 14U boys final. James made a very slow start taking his time to settle into the match and Joe was able to take advantage of this winning the first set 0-6 however James then started to fight back and turned the second set round to win through 6-4. The final set which would determine the Road to Wimbledon Champion for 2013 saw both boys playing some brilliant tennis. In the fifth game James was able to break serve and never looked back taking the match and title 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.
After a break James was back on court, this time with fellow Kent player Matthew Summers, to face Joe Tyler and his partner Dominic West. Once again James found himself battling back from being a set down. However spurred on by his earlier victory both James and Matthew dug deep and were able to turn the match around and after a nail biting tiebreak win through 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-8.
This is a great achievement for both James and his coach Richard Myall and well deserved for all the hard work they have both put in over the years!
Congratulations to James who is now heading towards the Nationals at Nottingham where he will be supported by his coach Richard.