Broom sweeps up first place in Sweden

Charlie Broom

Charlie Broom - Credit: Archant

St Albans School student Charlie Broom stormed to victory in an International Tennis Federation Junior tournament in Sweden.

The 16-year-old, who was the second seed, battled it out with 63 other competitors to claim the boys’ singles title and did not drop a set throughout the tournament.

At the semi-final stages, Broom was the only non-Swedish competitor who was still in with a chance of winning. He fought through a gruelling semi against Jonas Eriksson Ziverts (6-4, 6-4) before facing Karl Friberg in the final. He won the first set after a tiebreak and then cruised to victory in the second with a 6-1 thrashing.

Jonathan Gillespie, headmaster at St. Albans School said: “Previous winners have included players of the calibre of Magnus Norman, runner-up in the French Open in 2000, Oliver Golding, the US Open Junior champion, and Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, putting Charlie in exalted company.

“His victory was the result of endless hard work and determination and really puts St Albans School on the map for tennis. His dedication to his sport and his academic studies is to be commended, as he also achieved very strong GSCE results, including nine A* grades.”