By Todd Larkham
Nick and his partner Andrew Harris (VIC) won several close matches (see below) and saved 3 match points in the quarter-finals en route to the title. Winning a Grand Slam in any event is truly a remarkable achievement. Have a look at some statistics below which shows just how amazing it is!
Nick and Andrew’s path to the 2012 boys doubles title.
Final def Pavlasek/Safranek (CZE) – 6/4, 2/6, 10-7
Semi-final def Couacad/Favrot (FRA) – 6/1, 6/3
Quarter-finals def Kadhe (IND)/Herreros(PER) – 6/2, 5/7, 11-9
Round of 16 def Bambride (UK)/ Uchida (JPN) – 5/7, 6/4, 10-8
Round of 32 def Ivora/Labatto (ESP) – 6/4, 7/5
Junior French Open Titles Australian Players hold the past 30 years (since 1982)
82 Boys Doubles Winners – Cash/Frawley
88 Boys Doubles Winners – Woodbridge/Stoltenberg
89 Boys Doubles Winners – Woodbridge/Anderson
89 Girls Doubles Winner – Nicole Pratt
98 Girls Doubles Winner – Jelena Dokic
2008 Girls Doubles Winner – Jessica Moore
Nick and Andrew become the 1st Australian Boys Pair to win the title since Woodbridge/Anderson back in 1989!
Nick becomes the only ACT player to capture a FRENCH OPEN TITLE AT ANY LEVEL – EVER!!!!!
In the singles event, Nick narrowly lost in the 2nd round to Coppeljans (BEL) in 3 close sets, 7-5 in the third, after fighting back from 5-2 down in the final set. Coppeljans went on the win the boys singles title.
Nick’s junior ranking rose from 37 to 17 after the event and he is currently competing in the Roehampton Junior event in the lead up to the Wimbledon Junior Championships – where Nick and Andrew will team up again. You can follow Nick’s progress at www.itftennis.com or www.wimbledon.com
Well done to Nick’s coach Des Tyson – his current AIS coach and Canberra resident, for guiding the boys through to the title!