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TEN­NIS Jack takes first ti­tle

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

JACK MacFar­lane is cel­e­brat­ing his first in­ter­na­tional ten­nis ti­tle after beat­ing a hand­ful of Asia’s top play­ers on his way to win­ning the AGS Cham­pi­onship in Jakarta.

The Ruis­lip teenager, who trains at the JTC academy at Vir­gin North­wood, was the num­ber four seed in In­done­sia and lost just two sets as he claimed his maiden ti­tle last week.

The 16-year-old played out some tough fix­tures cul­mi­nat­ing in a 6-2 6-3 vic­tory in the fi­nal over In­done­sian num­ber three seed Achad Imam Maruf.

MacFar­lane sin­gled out his serve as the key fac­tor to his suc­cess as the young­ster limited his op­po­nents’ op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­turn games through­out the tour­na­ment.

“I didn’t drop my serve in ei­ther the semi­fi­nal or the fi­nal,” he said. “Against top play­ers that re­ally boosts your con­fi­dence.”

After fin­ish­ing last sea­son ranked num­ber two in the UK at un­der 16 level, MacFar­lane is en­hanc­ing his pedi­gree even fur­ther this year and adds this trophy to the dou­bles ti­tles he won on home soil and in Es­to­nia over the sum­mer.

MacFar­lane was ac­com­pa­nied on his trip by coach David Fel­gate, who pre­vi­ously tu­tored for­mer Bri­tish num­ber one Tim Hen­man.

The teenager, who is cur­rently still com­pet­ing in south-east Asia, will re­turn home for a few weeks train­ing at North­wood be­fore a num­ber of events across Europe over the com­ing months.

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