Sapwell follows in the footsteps Henin and Del Potro
PUBLISHED: 11:14 11 January 2011
Letchworth tennis star wins Florida Orange Bowl
Josh Sapwell had a never-to-be-forgotten finish to 2010 after becoming the unofficial world boys’ under-14 champion by winning the Orange Bowl in Florida.
Sapwell, who trains full-time at Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club, was top seeded at the Florida event after a stellar year which saw him capture both the UK and European under-14 titles.
His only scare on the way to the final at Key Biscayne came in the quarter-final where he dropped the first set 6-1 to Noah Rubin of the US before his weary opponent retired at 4-1 down in the third set.
Sapwell also had to recover from a set down in the final against Croatia’s Boran Coric before getting a grip on his nerves and eventually wrapping up a marathon encounter with a 6-7 6-4 6-3 victory.
Previous winners of the Orange Bowl event include Justine Henin and Martin Del Potro, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have also competed at the tournament.
In the same week he won in Florida, Sapwell received the news that he had been included in the Lawn Tennis Association’s elite performance Team AEGON, the group of 32 top British players who will receive the highest level of funding from the LTA in 2011.
The funding will be invested in coaching and travel to international tournaments. Sapwell is the youngest player to be included in the elite group.
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