Meet Britain's new tennis star

Thu, 10 Feb 12:50:00 2011

Eurosport caught up with Britain's new tennis star, 17-year-old George Morgan, to find out more about the man set to assume the mantle from Andy Murray.

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Age: 17

Born: 07.02.1993

Hometown: Bolton, Lancashire

Coach: Mark Taylor

Ranking: 946

Personal life: Morgan is a big Manchester United supporter, is a darts fanatic, loves shopping, tweeting, fantasy football, practising with Boris Becker and watching the films in the 'Step Up' franchise.

Career highlights: Became the first Briton to win the U18 singles title at the Orange Bowl in Miami in December 2010, adding to his U14 crown at the tournament in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne.

Reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open junior boys' singles, eventually losing to top seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

Strengths: Morgan is naturally pacy with a searing backhand which is fast becoming the envy of every other junior player on the circuit. His forehand is also as powerful as they come at such a tender age.

Weaknesses: The 17-year-old's movement around the court is occasionally found to be leaden-footed and inefficient, while his second serve will require a further injection of pace at the top level.

More about Morgan...

"Andy (Murray) definitely inspires me the most out of all the players," he told Eurosport.

"I like the way he plays and he's British. I believe if a Brit can do it, I can do it.

"I've hit with him a few times and he's really supportive. When we practise, he says things like good luck and well done."


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