Indian-origin Samir Banerjee wins Wimbledon Boys’ singles title

Samir Banerjee defeated Victor Lilov of America by 7-5, 6-3 in the finals to lift the trophy at All England Club.

Samir Banerjee in action; Credit: Twitter
By Karthik Raman | Jul 11, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Samir Banerjee, an American tennis player of Indian origin, ended his dream run on a perfect note by winning the Wimbledon boys’ title at Number 1 Court on Sunday. He defeated Victor Lilov of America 7-5, 6-3 in the finals to lift the trophy at All England Club. It might be a straight-set victory but the final that lasted one hour 21 minutes was filled with its own share of entertainment. For the first time since 2014, and only the second time since 1977, the boys’ singles event concluded with an all-American final. It is also interesting to note that both the 17-year-olds were unseeded for the Championships.

The first set was a tight affair and the neck-to-neck battle went back and forth. In the end, Banerjee won the crucial break to close down the set 7-5. Buoyed by the momentum, Samir started the second set on the front foot and straight away began to take the match to his opponent. His positive start was rewarded as he broke the early serve of Lilov. That lead was enough for Samir Banerjee to see out the set and win the match over his compatriot in just one hour and 21 minutes.

17-year-old Sameer Banerjee, who was previously ranked 19 in the world, had crashed out in the junior French Open first round. Interestingly, Wimbledon was only his second appearance at a junior Grand Slam. Banerjee’s parents had moved to America, in the 1980s.

It is to be noted that Yuki Bhambri was the last Indian to win a junior singles title when he clinched the Australian Open in 2009. Sumit Nagal won the 2015 Wimbledon boys’ doubles title with his Vietnamese partner Ly Hoang Nam. Ramanathan Krishnan was the first from the country to win a junior major when he lifted the trophy in the 1954 Junior Wimbledon championship.

Nikola Mektic-Mate Pavic seal men’s doubles title

Top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic took down Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in four sets to win the Wimbledon doubles trophy. Thereby, Mektic and Pavic became the first Croatian players to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title. Mektic and Pavic teamed up at the beginning of the year and their journey has been sensational, lifting a tour-leading eight trophies leading up to this fortnight, including three at the ATP Masters 1000 level in Miami, Monte-Carlo and Rome.

“This is something special, this is by far the best tournament in the world… Especially for me and I think for Nikola also, we all grew up with Goran [Ivanisevic]. It’s been 20 years since he won the Monday final, and this is the first time there is another Croatian winning the trophy,” Pavic said. “We are very emotional. I had a tough final a few years ago, so I’m super happy and very emotional.”

“That ball falling long on the last point, that was the best feeling of my life,” Mektic said. “It was an incredible match today again. The last three matches that we played, it was probably the best three matches of my life, the best three matches that I ever participated in. We just kept pushing. We just kept telling ourselves, let’s just dig every point, let’s not give up.”

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