Stingl’s road to Wimbledon

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Former British No1 and HSBC ambassador Tim Henman and xxx pose for photographs during the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 2013 National Finals on August 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images for HSBC) *** Local Caption *** Tim Henman
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Former British No1 and HSBC ambassador Tim Henman and xxx pose for photographs during the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 2013 National Finals on August 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images for HSBC) *** Local Caption *** Tim Henman

Kelso’s Niklas Stingl experienced the thrill of a lifetime this month as he joined former British No.1 Tim Henman at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge Finals.

The 14-year-old Kelso High School pupil, who qualified for Wimbledon after winning the Borders finals, was unlucky to exit the group stages of the boys’ singles after several narrow defeats.

But he more than made up for it in the boy’s consolation competition, making it all the way to the final, only to fall at the final hurdle to rival Kieran Roskell-Thomas of Truro 7-5, 6-3.

“It has been a really good experience being part of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon and it was great to play on the grass courts against other talented tennis players,” said Stingl, who also competed in the boys’ doubles.

“I hope to win Wimbledon as a professional one day, so playing here inspires me, especially coming from Scotland and seeing Andy Murray win here.”

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.