Teenager makes Wimbledon Doubles Final
14 year old Michael Morrison is one of the new up-and-coming stars in British tennis.
The teenager from Dunfermline was recent doubles runner up at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge Finals – UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament. Despite being knocked out of the second round of the Boys singles, he teamed up with Alasdair Hambrey to reach the final of the Doubles tournament.
“Getting to use the same courts as tennis stars is amazing. This is my first time on the grass” he said.
“Wimbledon is my dream Grand Slam to win because the grass is so challenging. I’ve been really impressed by the Road to Wimbledon because everything is very well organised”
“I’m hoping I can push on from this and use it to inspire me to better things.”
The pair lost in straight sets but Morrison stated that this was a highlight of his young career.
“It was a tough match, tougher than the other ones…We played quite well at the start and I thought we were going to win it but they managed to claw their way back. It’s just been a great experience though, playing on the grass courts, it’s just a privilege to be here”.
Approximately 20,000 of the most promising tennis players from across Britain competed for a place at the All England Club tournament, with the top 144 boys and girls winning the right to play at the National Finals.
Tournament Ambassador and four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman said “I’ve been involved for 12 years of the programme and it’s fantastic to see how the standard has improved”.
“There are kids that are going to want to play tournaments and compete at a higher level and this is a great stepping stone, to have this experience and learn from the match-play and competition.
“You talk about the mental side of things and it’s that application, going out there and giving 100 per cent is all you can do – those types of values will get you a long way in life.”