Edinburgh tennis starlet Johannus Monday admits he is pinching himself as he prepares to follow in Andy Murray’s footsteps and star at Wimbledon.
As British No.1 Murray gears up for his Wimbledon assault – starting next week – Monday can rest safe in the knowledge he also has a spot booked at the world-famous venue. The 14-year-old Merchiston Castle School pupil claimed victory at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon North Regional Qualifier at Ilkley Tennis Club in West Yorkshire.
Monday, originally from Hull but who trains at his school in Edinburgh, will now play in the National Finals of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 & Under Challenge at the All England Club between August 8-13.
“I am feeling really excited to have won,” said Monday, who dreams of turning professional. “Tennis is my life and I think that will always be the case.
“Tournaments like the Road to Wimbledon are a great indicator of where you are against your opposition, and I think I played very well. The opportunity to play at Wimbledon means the world to me because it’s where everyone wants to play so it will be great to do that at my age. I played there with Great Britain last year and I got the chance to play on Court One. I was also lucky to get selfies with Djokovic and Rafael Nadaln.
“It’s an honour to play for my country because I have the opportunity to play against others from all over the world, and I’m so passionate about it.”
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