McHugh excited by Grass court season

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Aidan McHugh is excited about the Grass Court Season following a tough day at Nottingham Open.
Aidan McHugh is excited about the Grass Court Season following a tough day at Nottingham Open.

Aidan McHugh is excited by the prospect of a strong grass court season after a draining day at the LTA’s Rothesay Open Nottingham.

The Glasgow star, who is on the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme – the highest level of support for players aged 16-24 – slipped to a 6-4 6-4 defeat against Romanian Marius Copil to dash his hopes of reaching the main draw.

But McHugh insists he’s loving life on the grass and is hoping to rapidly climb the rankings ahead of a jam-packed summer of action.

The 21-year-old, who beat fellow Brit Julian Cash earlier in the day, said: "I'm obviously aware of the rankings, and it would be silly not to acknowledge it, but I’m just trying to focus on what I'm doing every day.

"I’m trying to compete as hard as I can - the grass can be a little bit hit and miss, but I just need to keep competing my best.

“I thought I competed well – I by no means played my best but I thought I competed really well and it could have gone either way.

"[Playing twice in a day] is like going back to the roots, really - I used to do it all the time when I was younger.”

McHugh beat Cash 3-6 7-6(6) 6-0 early on Monday to secure his spot in the second round of qualifying in Nottingham.

But a clash against Copil – ranked just over 50 places above him – proved a step too far as he fell to a straight sets defeat.

McHugh wants to take the positives from his opening round triumph and build on the experience heading into the rest of the summer.

"I did well,” added the current world No.325 added: “I could have easily lost the match – tennis is so tight and I just kept trying to play a point at a time and got it done.

"It's not easy playing your mate - it's obviously a different dynamic and you're not as into each other as another player.

"I thought I competed well and gave my best, which is all you can do.”

For the latest action on the British summer grass court season, check out the LTA website.

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