Harrow tennis starlet Sebastian Langdon insists he is hungrier than ever to see his name in lights after falling just short of booking his spot at a prestigious Wimbledon tournament.
The 14-year-old attempted to secure a place at the Road to Wimbledon South East Regional Qualifier at West Worthing Tennis and Squash Club over the weekend.
Langdon was playing for a spot at next month’s HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 & Under Challenge at the All England Club but, despite winning his first-round match, didn’t advance.
He lost 7-6 6-4 in the first qualifying round to Niklas Weber but the John Lyon School pupil Langdon is adamant we haven’t seen the last of him yet.
“I played some good tennis and it was quite close as we held our serve the whole way through the first set,” said Langdon.
“In the tie break he won 8-6 and in the second set it was going with serve again but he got the break and served it out.
“He played the important points better and his first serve was really consistent which made it difficult for me to return.
“It was great to be involved in the tournament though and see so many quality tennis players, it was a really professional atmosphere.”
Also in action was fellow John Lyon School pupil Darshan Shah but the 14-year-old couldn’t find a way past Andrew Johnstone, losing a thrilling first-round match 6-4 3-6 6-2.
And, while he will also now miss out on a memorable outing at SW19 next month, Shah insisted the way he performed against Johnstone meant defeat wasn’t too painful.
“I played well so I’m not that sad about the loss. It took me about a set to adjust to the grass court but I think I showed what I’m capable of in the second set,” he said.
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.