Fine summer for tennis ace Golesworthy

Basingstoke Gazette: Ryan Golesworthy with some of his trophies. Ryan Golesworthy with some of his trophies.

RYAN Golesworthy has had another amazing summer season, playing 70 singles matches and winning 60.

The 10-year-old from Odiham was one of the players at the AEGON Summer National Tour Finals at The West Hants Club in Bournemouth – the highest level competition, showcasing the best young players in the country.

Golesworthy dominated his first match against Cheshire’s Tom Owen, winning 4-0, 4-0. He lost to Lincolnshire’s Otto Jawahir, 4-2, 4-0 but then won a thrilling three-setter against Oxfordshire’s Connor Ferguson 5-3, 3-5, 10-6.

Golesworthy carried on his winning ways against Yorkshire’s George Galins, 4-1, 4-2 to finish fifth overall.

In the boys’ doubles, Golesworthy partnered Cambridgeshire’s Harry Wendelken to claim third place.

The youngster’s achievements also include finishing top of the Summer Regional Tour Leaderboard. Golesworthy had previously won titles at Paddington, Maidenhead, Westside and Woking and added the New Malden Open and the Eastleigh Open titles to gain the maximum six tournament wins.

Golesworthy took part in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Junior County Closed, an event which attracts the top juniors in the County.

He had previously won the under-eight and under-nine titles there and was looking to win the last of the mini tennis titles, the under-10s.

Number one seed Golesworthy breezed through his matches, beating Johnny Jordan (4-1, 4-0), Ouyoung Dinapala (4-0, 4-0) and Nathan Ray-Trotter (4-1, 4-0) to get into the final against Outek Dinapala.

And Golesworthy looked confident from the start and dominated 4-0, 4-0 to take the title.

In doing so, Golesworthy is the first boy to have won all three Hampshire mini tennis singles titles.

Golesworthy and fellow David Lloyd Southampton player Ryan Hutchinson paired up for the under-12s Boys Doubles tournament. Some great tennis ensued with both boys working hard but also having lots of fun.

Golesworthy and Hutchinson comfortably beat Nathanael Hosier and Jacob Timbrell 6-1, 6-1. After a tougher semi-final win against Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett (6-2, 6-4), the two Ryans clinched the doubles trophy.

Next up for Golesworthy is the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton where the top players in the country within their age group are invited to attend the LTA’s National Talent ID day.

At this state-of-the-art facility, the players undergo physical and controlled tennis tests designed to look at a player’s technique, footwork, ball striking, matchplay and attitude on court.

Golesworthy trains at the David Lloyd Tennis Academy in Southampton under the guidance of coach Mike Booth.

Booth said: “Ryan had a fantastic second half to the year, establishing himself as one of the top players nationally in his age group. At county level he achieved a first, having won all of the mini county titles in the last few years. Ryan is now looking forward to going up an age group and taking his game to the next level.”

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