TENNIS: Naylor lands national crown

Oxfordshire's Charlie Naylor captured the ten and under boys' singles crown at the British Junior National Championships at the West Hants Club, Bournemouth.

The ten-year-old, from Drayton, near Abingdon, claimed the title with a 4-1, 5-4 (7-4) win over Nottinghamshire's Marcus Walters in the final.

In the semi-finals, he battled past No 4 seed Charles Broom (Herts).

With the two lads winning a set apiece, the winner was the first to then notch ten points and Naylor came out on top 10-3.

In the second round, he came back from the brink of defeat in a fluctuating encounter against Middlesex's Omari Owens-Maxwell.

The Drayton youngster won the first set and then had four match points at 6-2 as the second set went to a tie-break, only to lose it 8-6.

He then found himself 9-5 down in the first-to-ten points decider before rallying to triumph 14-12, with two clear points needed for victory.

Naylor, who trains at Abingdon's White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre, had opened his campaign by beating No 1 seed Jay Clarke 4-0, 4-2.

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