Harry is crowned the mini tennis champion

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BELPER Tennis star Harry Finney has been crowned champion of the boys nine and under Mini Tennis AEGON Winter National Tour which took place at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton at the weekend.

The nine-year-old beat Charles Taylor from Cambridge 8-6, 7-5 in an entertaining final to cap an excellent week for.

Following an impressive run of form throughout the Mini Tennis Winter National Tour over the last few months, Harry was invited to compete in the prestigious AEGON Winter National Tour Finals by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

The invitation-only tournament is the pinnacle of the winter British Tennis season and showcases the talent of some of the best young players in the country.

Harry, who trains at ‘MY Tennis’ in Loughborough and is part of the AEGON FutureStars programme, was one of only 16 players to be invited, having earned his place by accumulating enough ranking points from LTA tournaments throughout the winter.

Harry said: “I’m glad I won. I always wanted to win this competition.

“I had played Charles in the round robin before the final and knew he was tough to play. I knew I had to play well and that I needed to use the angles well.”

The mini tennis competition framework was launched by the LTA in 2007 in order to allow young children to experience competition at a younger age. They develop their match play skills through competing on a on a smaller court, with a smaller racket and with a low compression ball more suited to their age, size and ability.