December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
A young tennis star from Exmouth has been named as the best apprentice tennis player in the country.
Jack Findel-Hawkins, 18, of Cranford Close, won the award on the back of a stellar year on the court, which saw him achieve his first ATP World Ranking points.
He achieved the title of LTA AASE Apprentice of the Year by being the best member of a programme which combines playing tennis with written exams and projects.
Jack’s father Simon Findel-Hawkins said: “It’s nice after all these years to get Jack noticed, as he’s had a fantastic year, achieved great things, been British number one for three or four years, and all while doing A-levels and studying, which if you look at the others in that position I don’t think there are any that aren’t full-time tennis players.”
Winning the award gets Jack, a former pupil at Exmouth Community College, an invite to the awards ceremony at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2.
However, he will have to decline this as he has now started a tennis scholarship at the University of North Florida.
College tennis is of a high standard in the United States, featuring top players from all over the world, and with Jack already having won his first tournament as a doubles player he could soon be in a position to turn pro.
Simon said: “His goal is to become a professional tennis player. He’s not allowed to become a professional while at college but he can still enter tournaments on the ATP circuit as an amateur.
“Jack has potentially a tough decision to make at the end of every year whether to continue in college or turn professional.
“The more he does on the ATP circuit he might bring that forward rather than complete the whole four years in college, but at the moment the balance he’s got is just perfect.”