Jolly good man ! Robin wins county tournament

PUBLISHED: 13:42 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:50 04 May 2010

A TENNIS player from Littleport battled through six hours of sweltering heat to win a county tournament on Sunday. Robin Goodman, 14, who attends the City of Ely College, won the 16-and-under Cambridgeshire Junior County Tournament at Fenners in Cambridge

A TENNIS player from Littleport battled through six hours of sweltering heat to win a county tournament on Sunday.

Robin Goodman, 14, who attends the City of Ely College, won the 16-and-under Cambridgeshire Junior County Tournament at Fenners in Cambridge.

Despite the fact that Robin was competing against boys' a year older than him, he came through with fine wins against Max Hodgeson from Bedfordshire in the semi-final and then Ed Gee from Cambridgeshire, 6-3, 6-4, in the final.

Robin's proud father Mark Goodman said yesterday: "He's done remarkably well. The age gap makes a huge difference at Robin's age.

"Some of the boys' competing were physically stronger and taller and were really built like men. It's a tremendous achievement for him to go out there and win."

Robin has been up against some top class opposition recently. Two weeks ago he came through pre-qualifying and qualifying to reach the National Clay Court Finals at Queenswood.

He played against Dan Evans from Warwickshire, who is currently the number one under 16 tennis player in Europe, and lost 6-1, 6-1.

Goodman then went on to a narrow defeat against the number two boy in his age group. Robin also made the semi-finals of the Shrewsbury under-16 tournament during half term.

Robin's current national ranking in the under-16 age group is 78 and he is in the top-20, 14 and 15-year-old boys' in the country. It is now expected that Robin will move up the rankings after this win in Cambridge.

Robin is now in training for the qualifying tournament of the under 16 nationals which will be in Bournemouth in August.

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