Aidan Presented with Top Tennis Award
Rising tennis star, Aidan McHugh (S5) has this week been named the 2016 Junior Player of the Year by Tennis Scotland.
The award comes after a truly exceptional year for the talented tennis player, who, only recently, was invited by Jamie Murray to Miami to train with him and his brother, Andy Murray. Since returning from The States, Aidan has kept in touch with Jamie, attending various training sessions with the former doubles world No.1.
Tennis has taken Aidan around the world. In early 2016, he travelled to tournaments across Europe, including Cyprus where he finished with both the singles and doubles titles at the Grade 4 Aphrodite Cup. Later in 2016, Aidan competed in Doha at the first Qatar ITF Junior Open, where he was runner-up in both the singles and doubles competitions. Aidan’s successful run continued as he secured the Doubles Title at the ITF Sanchez Casal Junior Cup Under-18 event and went on to win his first ITF Junior Grade Two title in Sanxenxo, Spain. At present, Aidan is in the world top 100 for the junior rankings.
Tennis Scotland’s National Coach, Colin Fleming, added, “This is a thoroughly deserved honour for Aidan who has enjoyed a fantastic year and is a real prospect. His dedication and commitment to the sport is admirable and winning our Junior Player of the Year accolade is a fitting reward for a lot of hard work.”
Speaking to Aidan’s dad, he stressed that Aidan is currently focused on his studies, particularly preparation for his Higher exams. However, once completed, Aidan will travel to Monte Carlo to train with Jamie Murray, and compete in an ATP event over the Easter Weekend. His eyes are already set on the grass tournaments in the summer, particularly Junior Wimbledon, in which he will compete later this year.
Aidan should be applauded for his outstanding achievement, and we wish him the best of luck in the months to come.