Weir relishes SW19 vibes in boys’ singles debut

Phoenix Weir of Great Britain plays a forehand against Alexander Blockx of Belgium during their boys singles match at Wimbledon

By Oli Dickson Jefford at Wimbledon

Phoenix Weir savored every second of his men’s singles match at Wimbledon on Saturday and he is now eyeing a junior US Open appearance.

It was not a first taste of the All England Club for Nottingham’s Weir, who played in men’s doubles a year ago.

This year marked his singles bow and although he was beaten 6-3 6-3 by Belgium’s Alexander Blockx, it was an encouraging experience for the 16-year-old.

“It went well. It was a good atmosphere, I really enjoyed it,” Weir said.

“I couldn’t really start at the start and it took me a while to start. All in all, I really enjoyed it – it was probably the only tennis match I enjoyed losing. It was good to be there.

“I played here last year so it’s not a new feeling but it’s a feeling that’s hard to get used to. It’s hard, but I’m fine.

Playing in SW19 is a dream come true for Weir, who was in the stands for the classic Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer eight years ago.

He added: “It’s definitely the best feeling as a tennis player. It’s one of the most prestigious sporting places in the world, so it’s great to play here and I’m really looking forward to it. do it again soon.

“I remember seeing Roger Federer face Novak Djokovic in the final, I think it was in 2014. It was a great experience when I was very young. I was around eight years old, so it was great .

“Playing here was my highlight this year. I went to Florence too, it was really nice and I enjoyed it, but that’s definitely the rest.

After getting a taste of junior action at Wimbledon, Weir’s target now is to play more junior Grand Slams elsewhere.

With less than two months until the junior event at the US Open, the 16-year-old has set his sights on an appearance at Flushing Meadows.

Weir said: “I also want to try to play the US Open juniors. It’s a few months away so that’s the focus for now, and then maybe some men’s events as well.

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