Britain did not end this year's Wimbledon completely trophyless after 16-year-old Liam Broady and 18-year-old Tom Farquharson won the junior boys' doubles title.
Broady – a Stockport product, like Fred Perry – and Farquharson, who is from London but trains in Paris, won 7-6, 6-4 over George Morgan and Lewis Burton in the first all-British final. Broady, coached by his father, Simon, is delighted to be associated with Perry. "He will have been proud; another Stockport boy doing well in the tennis, especially on grass," he said. "I think he'd be happy."
Farquharson, who will concentrate on men's tennis after today's triumph, said the experience would live with them both for ever. "It was kind of surreal, Court One with all that support," he said. "When you actually step out there and you hear the noise greeting you ... I think we were both pretty nervous, but at the same time loving it."
Morgan, 17, from Bolton, and 18-year-old Burton, from Bromley, who had knocked out the top seeds Duilio Beretta and Roberto Quiroz in the second round, went ahead in the first game when Broady dropped his serve after double-faulting on break point.But the set was back on serve when Burton was broken in the sixth game and Broad and Farquharson won the tie-break 7-4.
Burton dropped his serve for a second time in the third game of the second set and it was to prove crucial. Once Farquharson saved two break points in the sixth game, the end came in sight and he served out to seal victory.