Junior Wimbledon opening round experience for promising tennis player
Former Haverhill Tennis Club youngster Harry Wendelken was unable to make it a Grand Slam debut to remember at Wimbledon yesterday, as he fell in the first round to the 14th seed.
The 16-year-old talent took on Juan Manuel Cerundolo in Round One of the famous grass court tournament, after being handed a wild card by the SW19 organisers to Junior Wimbledon.
The Culford School pupil has enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2018 claiming his first junior ITF tournament win in Hamburg in February.
The Wimbledon wild card was a chance for the Horseheath youngster to experience playing in a competition against the best 32 under-18s in tennis.
And it began very well, with Wendelken winning the opening set 6-4.
But, in a match lasting two hours and five minutes, his opponent fought back from a set down to eventually win 4-6 6-4 7-5.
It will not have been the result Wendelken will have wanted but a good performance for his first junior Grand Slam appearance.