Glasgow wildcard for rising star Aidan

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Top Scottish junior Aidan McHugh has been given a wildcard for next week's Glasgow Challenger which is being played at Scotstoun.

The 17-year-old, who was taken on by Andy Murray's management company 77 Sports Management last November, is coached by Toby Smith, brother of Davis Cup captain Leon and is currently ranked World No 11 in the combined junior rankings.

Aidan was last week confirmed as the Tennis Scotland Junior Player of the Year by for the second year in a row following a hugely successful 2017, reaching the last sixteen of the Orange Bowl and the US Open Boys Doubles.
Among the other highlights of the year for Glasgow born Aidan was making the semi-finals at the ITF Grade 1 events in both Mexico and Berlin, the quarter-finals of the tournament in Bradenton, USA, and more recently the semi-final of the Australian Open Junior Championship.

Aidan has also been named as a Year of Young People Ambassador, with the role seeing him supporting the work Tennis Scotland is undertaking at next week's event alongside Glasgow Life and Event Scotland designed to encourage more young people to take up tennis and realise their potential in other areas of the sport.

Aidan said, "I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the Year of Young People here in my home town of Glasgow. It's rare to be able to play such a big pro event in Scotland and this is a great opportunity for me to play some experienced players in a senior ATP event. I am still a junior so to be able to test myself against the regular players on the pro circuit will be a challenge but one that I am really looking forward to."

Receiving a wildcard for the qualifying event is Jacob Fearnley. The 16 year old from Edinburgh is a pupil at Merchiston Castle School and has a current combined ranking of 64, having peaked at 55.

Jacob's recent successes include winning the grade 3 Almetyesk Cup boys doubles trophy with Connor Thomson and triumphing in the Grade 1 Yeltsin Boys singles event.

On Saturday 5th May in the morning, Judy Murray will be conducting a workshop on Parent and Child workforce, detailing to parents how they can help their offspring to play tennis.

For more details on the event and to buy tickets to see Aidan and Jacob in action, visit www.lta.org.uk/major-events/glasgow-trophy/event-guide/

 
 

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