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CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR YOUNG TENNIS STAR

ARBROATH'S young tennis star, Jonny O' Mara (right) travelled to Florida last month to complete in two prestigious international tournaments.

However, the trip got off to a bad start when Jonny twisted his ankle in the lead up to the Prince Cup. He had been due to play both singles and doubles matches for Great Britain but, while he started his first game, the injury worsened and he was forced to retire.

This was far from ideal preparation going in to the Orange Bowl tournament, recognised as the unofficial junior World Championships, for which Jonny had been seeded as number one in his age group.

However, the 12-year-old went on to defeat Mert Dink from Turkey in the first round, he won the first set 7-5 and was 3-0 in the second when his opponent retired.

Jonny continued in to the third round with a very good result against Anton Mallaeaux from Canada winning convincingly 6-0, 6-1.

But, the searing 80 degree heat was to be Jonny's downfall in the third round when he played American, Ben Donovan, who out lasted him to come out on top in the third set 0-6, 7-6, 4-6.

When asked on his goals for the next season, Jonny was quite clear: "Hopefully, in the next two years I can improve to be number one seed in both Britain and Europe."

After spending a term at Merchiston Tennis Academy, Edinburgh, Jonny has returned home and has began working with Judy Murray at Stirling University tennis centre. Assisting in his coaching is Leon Smith, Andy Murray's current coach, and Mark Walker.

However, closer to home Jonny better watch over his back after his five-year-old brother, Ben, was selected as a Scotland High Performance player meaning he too will start weekly training with coaches at Next Generation.

 
 
 

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