National glory for Angus as Berkhamsted young gun blasts to the title

Berkhamsted Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets Club's Angus Gillams took the U19 title at the British Junior Championships in Manchester
Berkhamsted Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets Club's Angus Gillams took the U19 title at the British Junior Championships in Manchester

A teenager from Berkhamsted Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets Club has been crowned British U19 champion after a sensational display at the British Junior Championships in Manchester.

Angus Gillams saw off World Number Three junior Richie Fallows in the final to take the title under the watchful eye of coach Adam Fuller.

The final was a battle of the top two seeds in the competition at U19 level and it was Gillams who saw off the challence of his Essex-based rival to lift the coveted Don Sanderson Cup.

Both players came out fighting from the off and some exceptionally long and intense rallies ensued, with Gillams taking the opening two games.

Fallows responded well, though, and dug deep to take the third game 11-6.

The topsy-turvy nature of the contest continued and Gillams and stormed to a 7-3 lead in the fourth game before Fallows brought the game back to 11-all.

The tension was palpable for the final few points but Gillams’ steady composure put him in front and handed him an 13-11 victory to seal the championship.

Berkhamsted also had notable performances from Joe Green who finished seventh in the U19 competition, Grace Gear who finished sixth in the U17 competition, Laurence Green who was fifth in the U17 competition and Hasnaat Farooqi who took 10th in his age category.

BLTSRC boasts some of the best facilities in the region including a state-of-the-art indoor tennis centre, 11 outdoor courts, six squash courts, a sauna and a bar.

To find out more about the club, please visit www.bltsrc.co.uk