Wedmore ace Finn Bass bags a place in main French draw
Wedmore's Finn Bass suffered a first-round exit at Les Petit As tournament in France, although the Millfield School pupil produced a series of fine displays just to qualify for the event, which is known as the unofficial world under-14 championships.
Bass won two matches in the international qualifying stages, beating Swiss Gian Seiler and Corentin Gaucher from France in straight sets to make the main draw. There he was unfortunate to lose 3-6 6-2 6-1 in the first round to Russian Nikolay Vylegzhanin.
Millfield director of tennis Kate Warne-Holland said: "Finn couldn't quite maintain the superb level of play and lost out in the end. He is learning fast and responded well to having a coach with him."
Bass won his first match in the consolation tournament, before falling to the top-ranked remaining player, who was seeded sixth overall.
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Les Petit As is a major event in junior tennis and its previous champions include Rafael Nadal, Richard Krajicek and Richard Gasquet.
"It is the most prestigious and historically strongest under-14 event all year," added Warne-Holland. "The venue is incredible with thousands of spectators each day. The players are treated like mini pros. It is inspirational."
Bass will be straight back in action on his return to the UK, having been invited to a national camp as the non-travelling reserve for the GB Winter Cup team, who are playing in the under-14 European Winter Cup next month.
The selection continues a fine run of success for Bass. Since he entered the under-14 age group in September he has pushed himself up to ninth in British rankings despite having nearly two years remaining in the age group.