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Tewkesbury tennis star Chris Morrow crowned champion of Aegon Winter National Tour Finals

By Sportsnews  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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Tewkesbury tennis star Chris Morrow has been crowned champion of the 18 and Under Aegon Winter National Tour Finals which took place at the National Tennis Centre in London.

The 16-year-old beat Shakeel Manji from Kettering 7-5 6-2 in a competitive final to cap an excellent week for the Gloucestershire youngster. 

Following an impressive run of form throughout the Aegon Winter National Tour over the last few months,  Morrow was invited to compete in the prestigious Aegon Winter National Tour Finals by the Lawn Tennis Association.

The invitation-only tournament is the pinnacle of the winter British Tennis season and showcases the talent of some of the best young players in the country.

Morrow, who trains in Gloucestershire and at the Bath high performance centre, was one of only 16 players to be invited, having earned his place by accumulating enough ranking points from LTA tournaments throughout the winter.

Morrow said:"It feels good to have won; it hasn't really sunk in yet."

Leon Smith, LTA head of men's and women's tennis, said: "It's a fantastic achievement for Chris to secure the Aegon Winter National Tour honours, against such talented competition.

"The tournament brings together the best boys and girls in the country, who have been playing in this national tour circuit throughout the winter.

"Competition at a young age is vitally important in developing both the tactical and mental competitive qualities the players need to have in place as they progress and start to play internationally.

"There's obviously a long way to go for these players. It's a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential."

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