Exmouth tennis youngster Johnson crowned national champion

12:04 28 August 2014

Ben Johnson with coach Liam Storey

Ben Johnson with coach Liam Storey

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Exmouth youngster Ben Johnson is now a national champion.

Johnson, competing in the 9U Nike Summer British National Tour Final Tennis Championships at the West Hants Club in Bournemouth, finished top of the 16 players that took part.

The youngster began with wins in his first three matches in the box stages without dropping a set!

In the quarter final h saw off Jay Darvey in straight sets to move confidently into the last four.

In the semi-final Johnson found himself a 4-2 down and one set behind to Bournemouth’s James Schlater, but he staged a superb comeback to win the match 8-6 in the third set.

In a close contest it was Johnson’s high percentage of first serves that got him though and he served an ace to win the match.

The final saw Johnson take on number one seed Theo Purkis. Johnson out powered Purkis in the first set to take it 7-3 and then sealed a tremendous success with a 7-5 win to land the top honour.

Young Johnson is very grateful to his coach Liam Storey whilst Mum Jayne also plays a big part in his game with support both on, and off the court.

Coach Storey says: “I feel a huge round of thanks are due to the coaching team at Exmouth for all their input and help in Ben’s development. Thanks are also due to sponsors LDM, Bigwoods Agri and Landmark. Without their support coaches wouldn’t be able to attend tournaments and offer much needed coaching support to players competing throughout all ages and standards.”

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