Jack Findel-Hawkins

Findel-Hawkins triumphant in boys masters title

Exeter Tennis Centre’s player Jack Findel-Hawkins, age 17 continues to impress on the national tennis stage as newly crowned national 18 and under boys tennis masters champion. Jack who trains at Exeter University’s Tennis Centre, under the guidance of the Director of Tennis Will Mcnally added another national title to his already impressive tennis CV.

Following wins at the Bolton arena over Christmas and Welwyn Garden City in October, Jack has dominated the winter tour by winning three out of three national winter events.

The master’s event is an invitation only tournament where the top 16 UK juniors are invited to compete for the title. Jack was invited to the prestigious tournament held at the national tennis centre in Roehampton and arrived in great form. Beating the Surrey champion David Fox, 6-1,6-2, his tournament started in a very positive way. Looking forward to the Quarter finals he came up against Robert Mitchel from Hampshire. A very difficult match to say the least but came through to win 6-3,6-3. His semi final opposition was Sam Butler also from the Hampshire. They met many times last year and Jack was keen to keep his unbeaten run going. With a very entertaining match which produced the rally of the tournament Jack, secured his place in the final by overcoming the full time player from Bath academy 6-2,7-5.

The final was against North Wales’ finest Nick Jones, having already beaten the Number 1 and 3 seed in straight sets Nick was on fine form. Having already gained his first men's world ranking point, Jack knew it was going to be a tough match. Leaving some of his finest tennis till the final he completed his second consecutive national masters title by winning 6-3,6-0.

Jack commented by saying:

"to win the Winter Masters is a great achievement. Having all my hard work on and off the court come together so well in such a high pressured event is fantastic. Every part of my game had to be on top form and I enjoyed every second in Roehampton competing. To win the Winter Masters at only 17 with still another year left in junior tennis really replicates the hard work I have put in over these last few months. With my dream still to grace the courts at Wimbledon and become a professional tennis player, hopefully this has helped me get that step closer."

You can see Jack play in his next event which is the Men's British Tour held at the University of Exeter from the 23rd-28th February, entry is free and you can be assured of some fantastic tennis. For further information on this event please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/sport/exetertenniscentre

Date: 10 February 2012