Search

Islington teenager wins chance to play at Wimbledon

15:35 16 July 2014

Brandon Drew

Brandon Drew

Archant

Islington starlet Brandon Drew will be aiming to succeed where Andy Murray failed this year after booking his spot at a prestigious Wimbledon tournament.

The 14-year-old, a member of Islington Tennis Centre, earned himself a trip to SW19 with victory in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon regional qualifier, held at West Worthing Tennis and Squash Club.

Drew, who defeated Andrew Watson 6-1 3-6 6-3 in the final qualifying round, will now play in the 14 & Under Challenge at the All England Club next month.

“I wasn’t really impressed with my performance but I’m happy I got through and get to play at Wimbledon,” said Drew.

“It was my first time playing in a tournament on grass and I was not handling the conditions well, but I finished on a high.

“You don’t really get any even bounce so, if you can prevent it from bouncing by coming to the net, you should do so.

“The other players may not play national tournaments like me but that all goes out of the window when you play on grass.

“I think if I just keep training up a few things and become a bit more consistent I can do well in the finals.

“I have been four times to watch the tennis at Wimbledon, so to go and play will hopefully be a stepping stone to playing there again.”

n The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.

Latest Sport Stories

Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger believes goalkeeper Petr Cech could still play at the top level for six years with Arsenal.

05:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is keen to preserve the stability and consistency within his squad this summer.

Thu, 12:03
Dawid Malan inT20 action for Middlesex against Essex Eagles. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan feels the county’s Twenty20 fortunes would improve if the tournament were streamlined over a shorter period of time.

Thu, 08:50
London Blitz line up for their European Champions League semi-final against Vukovi Beograd

London Blitz will redirect their energy towards becoming British champions after falling narrowly short of a European final in Belgrade last weekend.

Most read sport

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder