Jack Findel-Hawkins receives specialist performance training at Exeter Tennis Centre.

Tennis Centre dominates British Tour event.

Exeter Performance Player Jack Findel-Hawkins has won the AEGON British Tour Tier Two event in Swansea. The tennis competition which took place at Swansea Tennis Centre also saw Exeter’s Howard Scott reach the final.

The AEGON British Tour consists of a series of tournaments held across the UK for players with a rating of 6.1 or higher. The competitions are split into two tiers and are designed to give talented young players an opportunity to gain national level match experience whilst achieving ranking points as they progress.

This is Jack’s first win in a British Tour event having competed in two previous finals. Despite facing some difficult competition, including the 9th seed, Jack won each of his matches in straight sets. The final saw Jack compete against Exeter’s Howard Scott. In a close match Jack came through winning in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 despite a valiant effort from Howard.

The victory is a brilliant achievement for Jack who has moved up the tour leader board. He now sits a fantastic 24th of 192 players despite having only competed in five out of a possible twenty tournaments. Jack commented “It was a nervy final match, but I came through to finish off a very successful week. I hope to use this tournament to build my confidence and look to prove myself at an even higher level.”

The next target is to secure a place in the Masters, where the top 32 players from the British Tour will play in a straight knock out competition at the end of this month.

Both Jack and Howard are part of Exeter Tennis Centre’s distinguished performance programme which aims to provide talented players with the opportunity to reach their full potential. The result not only marked Howard’s first British Tour final, but also the first time that Exeter Tennis Centre has had two players competing for first and second position.

Director of Tennis Will McNally commented: “This is a fantastic result for both Jack and Howard. They have been training incredibly hard this year, and it’s great to see that work paying off. I am delighted. Exeter Tennis Centre strives to help its performance players develop so that they can compete on the national and international stage. To have an all Exeter final in such an important competition is the perfect result and we hope it will be the first of many more to come.”

At the time of publication Jack had won through to the last 16 of the Taunton Leg of the British Tour, winning his qualifier in straight sets. Exeter’s Katie Millar had also come through two rounds of qualifying to enter the main draw.

You can follow Exeter’s progress in the British Tour by visiting the Lawn Tennis Association’s website [external link].

Date: 31 October 2012