Exmouth's Findel-Hawkins picks up first ranking points
PUBLISHED: 15:34 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:34 26 March 2013
Exmouth teenager Jack Findel-Hawkins won the Exeter leg of the Tier Two AEGON British Tour after a dominant showing at Exeter Tennis Centre.
The AEGON British Tour is a circuit of over 40 national tennis events held throughout 2013 for players with a rating of 6.1 or higher.
Over 100 entrants from across the country attended the event which took place from 11-16 March.
Findel-Hawkins, seeded sixth, overcame some incredibly difficult competition on route to victory, including top seed Oliver Hudson in the semi-final, who he beat 6-3, 6-0.
In the final he beat fourth seed Tim Webster 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the title.
The result comes at a very successful time for the Exmouth College student who received his first ranking points last week, placing him at 1304 in the world.
The 18-year-old hopes to pursue a professional tennis career and is looking to head to America next autumn.
He commented: “It was really good to claim the Exeter Men’s British tour title. I have been training really hard of late and it’s starting to show with some really promising results on the Men’s international stage. To win the event at my home centre was a fantastic achievement and one I hope to be able to continue as I improve as a player.”
Director of Tennis Will McNally was thrilled with the result, he said: “I am delighted to have had two home players in the finals. Jack’s victory is testament to the true quality that he has shown already this year.”