Jonny leads GB to victory

ARBROATH’S Jonny O’Mara led the British 16-and-under boys’ team to victory in the Tennis Europe Winter Cup Finals in Ronchin, France, at the weekend.

Despite playing a strong French team on their home patch the British team won 2-1 thanks to a singles win for Jonny and a crucial doubles success.

The GB team were the top seeds and got off to a great start as Jonny, who trains out of the Scottish National Tennis Centre at the University of Stirling, defeated Alexandre Favrot, 6-3, 6-2, in the opening singles rubber.

Christopher Pearce then lost out to Enzo Couacaud, 6-2, 6-1, despite the encouragements of team captain Greg Rusedski.

That meant the tie and the entire contest came down to the doubles rubber which Jonny O’Mara and Christopher Pearce won 6-4, 6-4 against Alexandre Favrot and Enzo Py.

The title victory for GB in the final is their second win in this competition and their first since 1993.

Jonny told the Arbroath Herald: “It was a great honour to play for my country at such a big event and to win all my singles matches.

“I felt I played the best tennis of my life and that contributed to make the whole experience unforgettable.”