Hampstead tennis sensation aims to emulate Andy Murray by winning title at Wimbledon
PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 July 2015
Hampstead tennis sensation Alex Zuckerman is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Andy Murray by winning a title at Wimbledon after securing a return to the All England Club.
The likes of British No1 Murray, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been showing what they can do on the grass courts in SW19 this week – and Zuckerman will soon be following suit.
The 14-year-old, who lives in Hampstead and attends UCS school, has long been known as one to watch for the future – and he showed why by claiming victory in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon south east regional qualifier at The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
Zuckerman, a member of Finchley Manor Tennis Club, will now play in the Road to Wimbledon 14 and Under Challenge at the All England Club between August 10 and 15.
Murray made history at Wimbledon back in 2013 when he became the first British winner of the Grand Slam in 77 years – and Zuckerman admits he can’t wait to grace the hallowed turf again.
“I qualified last year as well so to have the chance to go back is really good and I want to go there and win it,” said Zuckerman, who beat Alex Hyman 6-2 6-3 to seal his triumph.
“It was a great experience last year. I don’t play with expectation so I didn’t come here thinking I was going to win but I felt confident.
“I played well all weekend and was very consistent and I am relieved to come here and do what I wanted to do.
“This was one of the big goals for me this season so it’s amazing to have reached it and now I can’t wait to go back to Wimbledon.”
The Road to Wimbledon 14 and Under Challenge began in 2002 and is an All England Club junior event initiative supported by the LTA. It has now expanded into Asia with a pilot scheme run in India seeing events held in Delhi and Mumbai.
It is the largest junior tournament in the UK, involving some 850 clubs, parks and schools with youngsters bidding to reach the national final at the All England Club.
There was also success for West Hampstead’s Zachary Phillips, who won his final with ease against Harvey Kislby to book a return to SW19.
“I started the tournament well but then I thought I was going to struggle because I couldn’t find my rhythm, but I came through,” said Phillips.
“In the final I played the best I played all weekend so it was great to finish on a high like that.
“I got to the All England club last year and got to meet Tim Henman and hit balls with him, which was incredible.
“It means a lot to me to play there because the best players of all time have played there and I want to be one of them.”
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.