Marton Fucsovics is the Wimbledon Junior Boys Singles champion for 2010. Fucsovics defeated Ben Mitchell 6-4 6-4 in the final (I used to play tennis with Mitchell’s older brother, and remember Ben was he was only 12. Damm Im getting old now).
Fucsovics, the 13th seed, beat the unseeded Mitchell on the 11,400-seater Court One while Rafael Nadal was securing his second Wimbledon men’s title on Centre Court. The first Australian to reach the boys’ title decider since Chris Guccione lost the 2003 final, Mitchell had been hoping to join tennis legends Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg and Stefan Edberg on the champions’ honour board.
The Hungarian Fucsovics said that win had given him the confidence to beat the 17-year-old again in the Wimbledon final.
“I felt that I would win this match in the beginning, but he was playing very well. I already played against him in Australia, and now he was playing much better,” the champion said.
“I feel very happy. I was playing very good, and I hope I can play like this all year.
“I was very nervous in the match. In the whole match I was very nervous, even when I was on the match point.
“I didn’t know what to do when I won the last point. I was really happy.”
Fucsovics won the US Open doubles last year, and scored another first for Hungarian tennis by claiming the singles title here.
“Hungarian tennis is not so big yet. I hope I can be the first very good player,” he said.
Even in defeat, Mitchell finds himself in pretty good company.
Ashley Cooper (1954), Rod Laver (1956), John Frawley (1983), Jason Stoltenberg (1987), Todd Woodbridge (1989) and Mark Philippoussis (1994) have also made the final.
Cooper, Laver and Cash all went on to win the men’s title at the All England Club, while Stoltenberg and Woodbridge reached the semi-finals and Philippoussis was runner-up to Federer in 2003.