Morgan provides hope for the future
Thursday 27 December 2007
George Morgan, one of Britain's most promising juniors, has followed in the footsteps of some of the game's most celebrated players by winning the Junior Orange Bowl title in Miami. The 14-year-old from Lancashire, who at 6ft 2in towers over many of his contemporaries, beat Spencer Newman, of the United States, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final.
In the semi-finals Morgan, who was born in Hertfordshire, had to recover from 3-0 down in the final set before defeating the American Shane Vinsant. In the final he showed similar resilience in fighting back after losing a tight first set.
The Orange Bowl is considered one of the world's most important junior events. Of players in the men's top 100, Tommy Haas, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Janko Tipsarevic, Olivier Rochus and Juan Martin del Potro all won the junior title, which is for players aged 14 and under, while Andre Agassi is a former finalist. The last British winner was Jamie Delgado in 1991.
Morgan now trains at the High Performance Centres at Loughborough and Nottingham under the guidance of Martin Weston. He has enjoyed an excellent 2007, winning the 14-and-under national championships in both singles and doubles and the 14-and-under Masters event.
Eleanor Dean, Laura Robson, Billy Harris, Chris Pearce and Evan Hoyt all had good weeks in Miami, rounding off a productive trip to America for British junior players.
Robson in particular has had some outstanding results. The 13-year-old, who is coached by Olga Morozova, enjoyed the best win of her life when she lifted the 14 and under singles trophy at the Eddie Herr Junior Championships, where past winners include Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Robson went on to win the 18-and-under doubles event at the Prince Cup in partnership with the Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard.
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