There is no place like Wimbledon for William Jansen who completed his second junior campaign with the All England Club.
Jansen, who trains at LTA’s National Tennis Center in Roehampton, played at the event 12 months ago and received a wildcard for the Boys’ Singles this year.
The 17-year-old Londoner started his campaign in style, beating Juan Carlos Prado Ángelo in straight sets for a first win of the tournament.
And despite being defeated in the second round by Gilles-Arnaud Bailly of Belgium 6-4 6-3, playing at SW19 is still a dream come true for him.
“I felt really good after winning the first game. It was absolutely amazing. It’s obviously a great feeling to be back on the court here and I’m very grateful for that,” said Jansen, who got himself a wildcard into the junior event at Wimbledon after finishing second in the LTA’s 18 & Under Junior. National Championships in April.
“I used to come here all the time as a kid. It’s the pinnacle of tennis and the best Slam, the best tournament of the year and so to play here is absolutely amazing.
“As a Brit, to play in front of the British public, get them going and get their support, it’s just excellent and there’s no place like it in the world.
“I absolutely love grass. It’s my favorite surface by a mile. My highlight this year has been getting on the pitch and playing Junior Wimbledon again, and seeing all the people coming to support me, all my friends and family, it’s just a great atmosphere.”
There was no doubt a sense of disappointment for the teenager as his streak drew to a close, although he won’t rest on his laurels with a string of upcoming tournaments as his next target.
“To be honest I didn’t feel great there today. It was not like my other matches – I played 12 matches on the grass in the span of a few weeks,” added Jansen.
“Today it didn’t feel like I was serving well and he had a great backhand, he went very flat in my forehand and I find that quite difficult to deal with.
“I’m going to the ITF professional circuit, so I’m going to play some tournaments in Roehampton from next week. I have five weeks planned and then I take some time off.”
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