Jack Pinnington-Jones admitted he won without been on top form, in his second-round boys’ singles match at Wimbledon, writes Jack Lacey-Hatton.
Pinnington-Jones is a member of the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme, which provides world-class coaching, medical and financial support to Britain’s elite young players with the potential to reach the top 100 within five years.
The youngster, ranked eighth in the world, is now through to the last 16 of the junior tournaments after his second victory of the week at SW19.
He and Brazilian Joao Lourerio played out a close match on court number three, but the Brit edged out the decisive points.
The second set proved a set-up with Lourerio playing some aggressive tennis and forcing Pinnington-Jones onto the baseline.
The home favourite lost his third service game, and eventually the set, 4-6.
However, in the decider, the seventh seed wasted no time, racing into a 5-1 lead after a double break. Before breaking the Brazilian’s serve again to complete a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory.
Pinnington-Jones said: “I didn’t actually feel like I played that well. I was not feeling the ball great off my bat unfortunately.
“I am relieved to get through it. I was able to battle hard, and thankfully court three is a great court.
“There was some great home support in the stands so that helped a lot.
“I found my level midway through the third set and managed to start playing at the level I have been for the past week or so.
“It was such a special moment to play on a stadium court, it will be a really great memory for me whatever happens. I managed to wrestle the momentum back and just ran with it.
“I really enjoyed it, hopefully I can be back on tomorrow.
“I love the grass. My movement on here is strong, and I feel good on returning now. That is where I want to separate myself from the other juniors. I have good experience on grass so hopefully I can use that.
“At the start of the year, the goal me and my team set out, was to win a junior slam. That has not changed. The belief is there that I can win the tournament.
“You still need to show your level repeatedly and I can’t look too far ahead in the draw.
“I loved watching the England (football) game last night, seeing Wembley with that atmosphere was amazing. The whole country is on an uplift right now.
“The team is really young, so that was quite inspiring for me to watch. They gave me an extra bounce today.”
He next faces Kalin Ivanovski, the world number 62 from North Macedonia.
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