British Tour Glasgow

Monday, October 15, 2018

Yorkshire junior Johannus Monday beat Scotland's James Mackinlay to win his first British Tour title on Sunday at the Newlands club in Glasgow.

Mackinlay, the second seed from Edinburgh, was favourite to win the title against the unseeded Monday - having been runner-up at the same event in 2017. Two successive breaks of the Monday serve earned a 6-2 opening set. The younger player fought back however and, with his confidence growing, broke Mackinlay for the first time in the fifth game of the second set. Another break led to a 6-3 win to level the match. In a deciding championship tie-break, the 16 year old held his nerve and his huge serve to win 10 points to 6.

Euan McGinn, Director of Tennis at Stirling University, watched on as Mackinlay, a first year student, demonstrated what a valuable addition he will be to the university's squad this year.

Monday, a last minute addition to the event when one of the seeds failed to show, was the lowest rated player in the men's draw. By winning five successive matches against higher rated opposition, his rating will surely improve to enable him to gain direct acceptance into future events.

David Brewer, Tennis Academy Director at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh where Monday studies and trains, was "delighted that Johannus had an opportunity to compete at this level and show his considerable talent".

In the women's final, Lily Hutchings from Preston, Lancashire proved too strong for Cumbria's Grace Eland - winning in straight sets. The Lancashire player won the first five games before the seventh seed started to show the form that had taken her to the final. The second set was much more competitive before Hutchings ran out a 6-1 6-3 winner.

Edinburgh's Scott Duncan, favourite for the men's title, regrettably had to withdraw due to a recurring Achilles problem.

The British Tour 2018 provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

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