Tennis: Findel-Hawkins ready for debut with the big boys

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EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Jack Findel-Hawkins will remember Sheffield for the rest of his life as he makes his debut in the main draw of professional event today, writes Richard Fidler.

He said: “It’s really great to get through a tough tie like that, especially after serving for the match at 5-4. I’m really looking forward to see what the main draw brings.”

Reigning champion from 2012, Dan Evans opens his account against Dutchman Antal Van Der Duim, whilst last year’s runner-up David Rice plays former Orange Bowl winner George Morgan.

Dan Cox, playing as a wild card in qualifying, having recently got back on court after a wrist operation, recovered from losing the middle set to Miles Bugby for a (6-2 4-6 6-4) win to secure a place in main draw.

There were also final round qualifying wins for Lewis Burton (over Olly Hudson), Ashley Hewitt (over Miles Orton), and George Coupland over sixth seed from Switzerland, Riccardo Majga.

Dronfield’s Joe Gill partners 2007 Australian Open Junior Doubles Champion Graeme Dyce, against Evans and Andy Fitzpatrick in a match scheduled from 3.30pm this afternoon.

Play starts at 10am with free entry for spectators.

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