OAKRIDGE tennis sensation Liam Hignett will aim to succeed where Andy Murray failed this year after booking his spot in a prestigious tournament at Wimbledon.
The 14-year-old has long been known as one to watch and claimed victory at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon South West Regional Quali-fier at the East Gloucester Club in Gloucestershire.
Hignett, a member of Totally Tennis, will now play in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 and Under Challenge at the All England Club between August 11 and 16.
Murray lost in the quarter-finals at SW19 earlier this month and Sherfield School pupil Hignett admits he can’t wait to grace the hallowed Wimbledon turf after experiencing his first taste of the tournament as a reserve last year.
“I can’t really believe it,” he said. “When I saw the draw I thought I had a good chance but I knew it wouldn’t be easy.”
Hignett beat Joel While 4-6 6-1 6-2 in the final round to get through.
“Thankfully everything went to plan,” he added. “I definitely did it the hard way though.
“I was getting flustered and frustrated towards the end as I made a few errors.
“I’m not sure how I will do at Wimbledon, but I did see the standard last year as I was called up as a first reserve and got to play in the consolation draw in the doubles.
“If it was anything like last year it will be absolutely fantastic. I think I’ve improved quite a lot since then but there’s still room to do better. It’s going to be a great experience.”
Fellow Totally Tennis member Miles Bromilow was also in action at the weekend, batting admirably before losing to Thomas Powell 6-2 4-6 6-2 in the first round.
And the 14-year-old is hungrier than ever to see his name in lights after falling just short of booking his spot at Wimbledon.
“It was disappointing. I had a lot of errors towards the end of the match and I thought I could win the first round,” said Bromilow, who also attends Sherfield School.
“I let a lot of points slip, but I only started playing when I was 10 and a lot of these players have been playing a lot longer, so I can take positives from that.”
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge is the UK's largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.