Zechariah takes under-18s tennis title - aged just 13

October 01 2020
Zechariah takes under-18s tennis title - aged just 13

A YOUNG Winterbourne tennis player has won the Under-18 county title - aged just 13.

Zechariah Hamrouni was the 18th seed in the Avon U18 Boys category.

Despite being the youngest player of the competition and entering as the underdog, he made his way through the initial stages to reach the semi-finals, where he beat the tournament's number 1 seed, 16-year-old James Reid, who is also ranked number 4 among Avon under-18 boys.

He came back from dropping the first set to prevail 1-4/4-2/10-5 after a nail-biting final set.

In the final Zechariah, whose dad Imed is a coach for Winterbourne Tennis Club, had to take on 16-year-old Jay Darvay, the number 2 seed in the tournament and the 6th-seeded Avon 18U Boy.

Zechariah kept his focus on the game and his determination paid off, winning the tournament in straight sets - 4-3/4-2 - to become the 18U Avon county champion.

The event was held at the University of Bristol’s Coombe Dingle Sport Centre and the Chew Valley School.

Elsa Looij