Exmouth tennis ace still at number one

PUBLISHED: 19:27 19 January 2011

Exmouth tennis ace Jack Findel-Hawkins with the Gold he won at the recent Winter Nationals at Bolton.  Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 0166-03-11SH

Exmouth tennis ace Jack Findel-Hawkins with the Gold he won at the recent Winter Nationals at Bolton. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 0166-03-11SH

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EXMOUTH Community College student Jack Findel-Hawkins has plenty of reasons to be looking forward with a big measure of confidence about his 2011 year.

The 16-year old finished a very successful 2010 of junior tennis by winning the 16 and under winter national tour held at Bolton arena in Lancashire.

Jack who is currently ranked Number one in the UK in the boys 16 category won in some style in the prestigious national event. After breaking his wrist in May of last year the teenager returned to training in September winning all but two of the seven tournaments he entered between October and December!

The National event was staged over three days at the end of December and there were over 150 entries for the competition including the top 32 competitors nation wide.

Jack began with a 6-2, 6-1 success over Youssef Hassan from Berkshire 6-2,6-1 before seeing off big serving six foot three inch Christopher Wood of Nottingham, 6-2, 6-2.

His quarter-final opponent was Bath Academy player, Somerset’s Toby Mitchell, who was beaten 6-4, 6-0 to set himself up with a last four match against Angus McCall who was toppled 6-2, 6-2.

The final pitted the Exmouth youngster against Hampshire’s Robert Mitchell who was beaten 6-2, 6-2, meaning Findel-Hawkins lifted the title without dropping a single set!

The result in Bolton confirmed the continuation of Findel-Hawkins as the United Kingdom number one, a berth he reached last October, and where he has remained to this day. He is back in action on the final week of this month when the National Winter Masters 18 and under Tournament is held at Roehampton, this the highlight of the 18s Winter national tour and an event that is invitation only at which the top sixteen boys in the Country compete for the national Under-18 title.

masters 18 and under tournament which is held at Roehampton during the last weekend of January, this is the highlight of the 18’s Winter national tour and is an invitation only event, where the top 16 boys in the country meet to compete for the under 18 national title.

A proud father, Simon Findel-Hawkins says: “There’s no doubt that 2010 was a fabulous one for Jack . He is now beginning to dominate the national stage at 16 and under and hopes to progress in the leader board in the 18 and under category by the end of this year. He is currently number 14 in the U.K in the 18 and under category and if he continues at his current rate in 2011 a top five finish is well within his sights”.

There is one concern for the Findel-Hawkins tennis future and that regards funding. Finding the finance to cover travel and accommodation at events remains a real issue and the family would love to hear fro any benefactors who might wish to help with funding and sponsorship to help the youngster on his road to one day hopefully becoming a tennis professional.

Anybody able to help in any way is asked to contact Simon Findel-Hawkins on 01395-225526.”

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