Tennis ace Jonny makes his mark

Arbroath's Jonny O'Mara at the Junior US Open in September.
Arbroath's Jonny O'Mara at the Junior US Open in September.

Rising Arbroath tennis youngster Jonny O’Mara is starting to make his mark in the professional game with a rapid rise up the rankings.

The 18-year-old has just broken into the world’s top 1,000 players and is currently ranked 991 on the senior ATP ranking list.

The rise means Jonny is now Scotland’s number two ranked male singles player behind a certain Andy Murray current Wimbledon champion.

And Jonny, who played in the junior draw at both Wimbledon and the US Open, is delighted with his ranking boost, which was one of the main targets he had set for himself this year.

He told the Herald: “After a good Junior Wimbledon and then my last junior tournament the US Open, I turned professional and gained my first world ranking point at a futures tournament in the UK.

“My year end target was to then try and rise up the rankings as quickly as possible and to try and first break the 1000 barrier and then the 750, so I’m definitely moving in the right direction.

“And as I began the summer ranked around 1900 in the world I am fairly pleased the way things are going.”

Jonny’s professional career is now taking him around the world as he builds up those all important ATP world ranking points.

This week he returned to the UK after playing in Israel, where he gained another three world ranking points taking him to his current position.

When not travelling, Jonny splits his time between Scotland and London, and after a home tournament in the UK next week, he will then be jetting off to the Middle East for a fortnight.