By Oli Dickson-Jefford
Felix Gill loved playing in front of a passionate home crowd after his Wimbledon qualifying campaign came to an end against Gastao Elias.
Redditch ace Gill, who is a member of the LTA’s Men’s & Women’s Programme, through which the governing body provides a range of support to players aged 16-21 with potential to progress towards competing in Grand Slams and representing Great Britain in Davis or Billie Jean King Cup, was beaten 7-6 (10) 5-7 6-3 by Elias in a hard-fought contest on Monday night.
After a busy few weeks the 20-year-old admitted that his body was fatigued towards the end of the contest, but said he relished playing in a lively atmosphere.
Gill commented: “It was really hot, and a really good atmosphere. There was a lot of people supporting me and a lot cheering me on, and having a few conversations with a few people when I’m getting my towel.
“It was really good. Even though I lost, I just loved it. It was really nice. I felt loved!
“My opponent was good. I had a couple of chances in the first set, a couple of set points which I didn’t manage to take. I went a break down early in the second and then managed to fight my way back in the second set and take it.
“It’s been a tough few weeks, so in the last set my body wasn’t physically there. My ball speed was just a little bit lower and against these kind of guys, they punish you for that.”
Despite a hectic few weeks, Gill is planning to see if there are further opportunities to play over the next few weeks before taking some time off.
He said: “I’ll see what opportunities come in the next few weeks, and then rest and recover, maybe take some time out. I’ll see what happens.”
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