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TENNIS - Gill's Wimbledon adventure ended in second round

Redditch Editorial 4th Jul, 2022 Updated: 5th Jul, 2022   0

REDDITCH’s Felix Gill saw his Wimbledon adventure come to an end in the second round of the Men’s Doubles at SW19.

Gill and British partner Arthur Fery were beaten in straight sets by German 11th seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

The video below shows Gill and partner Arthur Fery winning a point in their second round match. Video courtesy of Tony Ravenscorft.

The pair were edged out 7-6 (tie-break 7-5) in the first set before dropping the second set 6-3 and the third set 6-4 on Court 17.

That came after the unseeded Brits had beaten Ecuador’s Gonzalo Escobar and Uruguay’s Ariel Behar in the first round in straight sets 7-5, 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-3).

The video below shows Gill serving an ace to secure his first win in the main draw at Wimbledon. Video courtesy of Tony Ravenscroft.

The 20-year-old was thrilled with his performances at Wimbledon having received a wildcard entry into the main draw of the doubles.

Gill told Yahoo Sport UK: “That win was ecstatic, it was unbelievable, we really enjoyed getting a win with our friends and family there – it was almost perfect.

“On match point I served an ace, and then Arthur turned round and looked at me. The smile on his face, I’ll never forget it. It was amazing!

“The other pair are Grand Slam champions, me and Arthur are new to the scene. We really enjoyed it, we didn’t think we were too far off in the end.

“It gives us something to look up to and we both want to get better at singles and doubles, so it was really good.

“We did our best, I did my best. It’s been amazing, a dream. It’s a dream to play at Wimbledon – and we got a win.”

Gill has been a member at Redditch Tennis Club from a young age and occasionally plays for the men’s team alongside competing at lower level ATP and ITF pro events.

The video below shows Gill and Fery winning a point in their first round win. Video courtesy of Tony Ravenscroft.

He is currently ranked 438th in the world in singles having been 1,125th in the world just 18 months ago.

Gill’s former coach Tony Ravenscroft added: “Felix has progressed so much in 16 years, it’s amazing to be able to go to Wimbledon and watch him play at this level and to get his first win at a grand slam in the main draw.

“He first started playing tennis at an after school tennis club that I delivered at Tardebigge School when he was four-years-old.

“He showed potential from a young age and started coaching sessions with me at Redditch Tennis Club soon after.

“Felix has great support from his family, friends and coaching team and it’s great to see he is still improving.

“I am so proud of Felix for what he has achieved so far. I am looking forward to watching Felix compete at this level in the future.”

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