Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

World-class result for Jack

09:41 08 March 2013

Jack Findel-Hawkins in action

Jack Findel-Hawkins in action

Archant

Exmouth’s teenage tennis ace Jack Findel-Hawkins has smashed his way into the world’s elite.

Community College student Jack, 18, of Cranford Close, has garnered a top 1500 world ranking as a singles and a doubles player following a fantastic run of form over the last three months.

This culminated in a top-class showing at the recent futures Pro-series event in Cardiff last week.

The event, which has prize money of up to £50,000, features many of the world’s up and coming players.

Jack came through a tough draw beating Bastian Trinker from Austria, ranked 690 in the world, then beat the seventh seed Neil Pauffley, who is ranked 454.

Jack, who trains at Exeter University with coach Will Mcnally, finally lost in a thrilling game which included a tie-break.

In the doubles event he then teamed up with fellow junior Alex Gasson to surprise the number three seeds, before losing in the semi-finals to the number one-seeded pair.

He continues to study in his second year of A-levels and, from August, has been offered a four-year tennis scholarship in Jacksonville, North West Florida, USA.

In the meantime, Jack continues to juggle studies, coaching, tournaments, family and having a girlfriend.

Jack said: “I am confident that I can now compete at this level and if I continue to work hard I believe I can fulfill my dream of becoming a professional tennis player.

“I am excited about America and this will help develop me as a player and a person.”

Dad Simon said: “I am thrilled for Jack, we have always believed in Jack’s ability and it’s great to see his hard work paying off.”

You can see Jack play locally at Exeter University during the men’s British tour event held from March 11 to 16.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 10:16
Exmouth Business Awards evening. MP Hugo Swire has a go at the tables with chair of Chamber Of Commerce Ian MacQueen. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 0288-18-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

After hours of deliberation by the judges, the shortlist for the Exmouth Business Awards 2016 has now been announced.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
George Nightingale is facing a battle with the council over alterations made to the inside of his premises Spoken on the Strand gardens. Ref exe 17-16SH 2276. Picture: Simon Horn.

An Exmouth councillor has called on district planners to reconsider a ruling which could force a town centre café/bar to close.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
County Hall in Exeter.

An Exmouth man died from a cancer connected with exposure to asbestos, an inquest heard.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:32
Graham Booker. Picture: Irving of Exeter.

A Sidmouth churchwarden, found guilty of pushing over an 85-year-old pensioner and kicking him as he lay on the ground, has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:26

A headteacher who apologised to parents when pupils believed role-play was real has defended her tactics.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:11
Exeter Magistrates' Court

A motorist who was caught doing 73mph on a 30mph residential road has escaped a driving ban.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Annie Tinsley from Budleigh Salterton will be climbing Kilimanjaro later this year and in the process raising money for the Nepalese Earthquake Appeal. Annie was near to Everest base camp last year when the quake struck. Ref exb 17-16SH 2233. Picture: Simon Horn.

A young Budleigh woman, who had to run for her life from avalanches on Mount Everest after last year’s earthquake in Nepal, is returning to mountaineering to raise funds for victims of the disaster.

Read more
Thu, 18:30
St John's school's new director of music Clive Salmon is pictured with year four students this week. Ref shs 15-16SH 0405. Picture: Simon Horn

A keyboardist who performed on a charity recording of a David Bowie classic has taken the top music job at St John’s School.

Read more
Thu, 15:53

Police are warning residents about rogue traders after a Woodbury Salterton pensioner was conned out of £2,000.

Read more
Thu, 14:09

Voters will be going to the polls next week to choose the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications