Findel-Hawkins set for GB team appearance
PUBLISHED: 14:20 11 November 2010
EXMOUTH Community College pupil Jack Findel-Hawkins is to get a taste of international tennis after being called up for the Great Britain side, writes Steve Birley.
The 16-year old has been selected on behalf of the Lawn Tennis Association to compete in the John Dunningham International club match this coming Sunday (November 14) at the national tennis centre in Roehampton London.
Findel-Hawkins is one of just two under-18 boys, across the United Kingdom, to be selected for the match.
The teenager suffered a broken wrist playing football back in June, but is now back to full fitness and he played his first competitive matches since recovering when he played last month at the Delta indoor tennis centre in Swindon in a regional 18 and under tournament.
He then bagged a second successive title win with success at a regional under-16s event in Oxford and, during the recent half-term break, he played in the 16 and under Winter Nationals in Bath University.
The Bath meeting is a prestigious event, where all the top boys in the country compete for the national title.
Findel-Hawkins made it through to the final where he went down 6-4, 6-3 to Peter Ashley.
His recent tournament success’s have seen him secure sufficient points to become the new British number one in 16 and under, boys’ category.
He has also moved to number nine in the UK 18 and under age group.
Jack continues to study at Exmouth Community College where he receives great support from the school, who actively encourage him to fulfil his tennis dream. It is worth noting that Jack has managed to compete at this high level while continuing his studies.
Most of the other competitive juniors enjoy a full time tennis academy or full time tennis coach and private tuition.
Considering the disadvantages Jack has had, his achievements are remarkable as he continues to improve his tennis skills.
Jack is a determined young lad who harbours a genuine ambition of becoming a tennis professional.
The youngster could, of course, always do with sponsorship to help off-set the ever-increasing costs of travel to and from events as well as accomodation at events.
If there are any kind benefactors out there who would be prepared to help this talented young sportsman then they are asked to contact his father, Simon, on (01395) 225526.