Jonny hopes to learn from loss

EN 06/07/10. Junior International Tennis Finals at Craiglockhart Tennis Club. Jonny O'Mara during training at Craiglockhart

EN 06/07/10. Junior International Tennis Finals at Craiglockhart Tennis Club. Jonny O'Mara during training at Craiglockhart

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ARBROATH tennis player Jonny O’ Mara has described his defeat in the first round of Junior Wimbledon as a painful loss.

The 17-year-old was making his debut at the world famous tournament on Monday and faced Australia’s Jordan Thompson on Court 19.

However, his opponent notched up a 6-2, 6-2 victory, meaning Jonny was knocked out of the competition.

And after his performance, the Letham Grange youngster said: “It was disappointing, unbelievably disappointing, because I trained great for it.

“But I don’t think you can train for being in this position.

“You can train on the practice court and want to win. I went on court and tried too hard to win and obviously it was not even close to my best performance, so it was frustrating.

“Hopefully I will be better the next time. There were quite a few people watching and you learn more from your losses than your wins. That was quite a painful loss so hopefully I can learn from it.”

However, Wimbledon might not be Jonny’s only major tournament of the year.

With his ranking on the rise, he could be in line to gain an automatic spot in the junior tournament at the US Open, which begins at the end of August at Flushing Meadow, New York.