Heathfield tennis youngster makes final at Aegon British Junior Nationals

Daniel Little
Daniel Little

Heathfield tennis starlet Daniel Little is just one win away from being crowned champion at the Aegon British Junior National Championships after brilliantly winning 6-1, 6-2 against Jack Macfarlane to make the final in Nottingham.

The 16-year-old has had a fairy-tale run to the boys’ under-16s final having not even been seeded for the tournament and being forced to play one more round than the rest after not receiving the bye granted to the 18 seeds.

But after taking the scalps of four seeds on the way; no.13 Vincent Gillespie, no.3 Alexis Canter, no.9 Piers Foley and finally no.15 Macfarlane Little has shown the talent which could catapult him to his second junior national title.

He said: “I won the under-14s and have that placed on my mantelpiece so hopefully I can put the under-16s trophy next to it.

“I think playing that extra match has helped me because I can be quite a slow starter but there is something about this tournament that just seems to bring about the best in me.

“I am determined to go all the way and get the title now and then you never know next year I might be able to complete the three with the under-18s trophy.”

The Aegon British Junior National Championships in Nottingham runs from Sunday August 18 until Saturday August 24 while the under-12 tournament takes place at West Hants Club in Bournemouth.

It is a showcase for British tennis and the best junior talent, with past champions including the current Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray and former British No.1 Elena Baltacha.