Henry Searle, 17, is just one win away from becoming the Wimbledon boys’ champion – Maxsports
May 13, 2024

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Henry Searle, 17, is just one win away from becoming the Wimbledon boys’ champion

Henry Searle, 17, is just one win away from becoming the first British boys’ champion at Wimbledon in 61 YEARS… with the Wimbledon wonderkid chasing Stanley Matthews history

Wolverhampton’s Henry Searle is one match away from becoming Britain’s first boys’ singles champion at Wimbledon for 61 years.

The 17-year-old knocked out the top seed in the opening round and is yet to drop a set, overcoming windy conditions to defeat American fourth seed Cooper Williams 7-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals.

Backed by his noisy fan club consisting of family members and friends from his tennis club, Searle moved to the brink of emulating Stanley Matthews, son of the famous footballer, who triumphed back in 1962.

Jack Draper was the last British player to make the final five years ago, while Liam Broady also reached the trophy decider in 2011, but both came out on the losing side.

Searle won in straight sets in the semi-finals

Matthews's son won the boys' event in 1962

Henry Searle (left) is one win from emulating the son of Stanley Matthews (right) by winning the Wimbledon boys’ singles for the first time since 1962

The 17-year-old (pictured) defeated American fourth seed Cooper Williams to win 7-6, 6-3

The 17-year-old (pictured) defeated American fourth seed Cooper Williams to win 7-6, 6-3

Searle was roared on by his noisy fan club, which included family members and close friends

Searle was roared on by his noisy fan club, which included family members and close friends

Searle showed a cool head in a first set of few chances, saving the first break point and then creating two on Williams’ serve, which the 18-year-old did well to save.

The tie-break went the way of the British player, though, who opened up a 5-1 lead and did not allow his opponent to claw his way back.

A sizeable crowd were gathered around Court Four and there was another huge cheer when Searle’s pressure on the Williams serve paid off with a first break of serve to lead 4-2.

He then clinched his third match point before celebrating with his jubilant friends sat courtside.