Dundee ace Charlie Robertson is targeting a return to Junior Wimbledon after his SW19 campaign came to an end.
The 16-year-old, who trains at the LTA’s National Academy in Stirling, was looking to continue his singles campaign at the All England Club after a busy few days of action.
Robertson had begun his time at SW19 with an opening round win against Jakub Filip, while he and partner Henry Jefferson were beaten in the opening round of the boys’ doubles on Monday.
And he faced a familiar opponent on court on Tuesday in the form of eighth seed Joao Fonseca – one half of the doubles pairing he had faced the previous day.
After losing a one-sided first set, Robertson vastly improved in the second but the Brazilian ultimately proved too strong, sealing a 6-1 6-4 triumph to reach the third round.
Robertson said: “It was quite disappointing to not get the result there, but hats off to my opponent. I’m a bit deflated right now, but I’ve still got next year and hopefully I can come back stronger.
“I thought he served really well out there, and I felt like I didn’t serve so well also, which was always putting me behind in the points. I don’t think he gave me many opportunities, which was annoying, but I tried my hardest.”
Despite disappointment in defeat, Robertson revelled in his maiden All England Club experience and believes it can provide a platform for a busy summer to come.
And he was buoyed further by a very special guest watching his match, with fellow Scot Judy Murray in attendance.
“It’s amazing to see Judy come and watch. I know Judy quite well and to have her behind me is pretty nice,” added Robertson.
“Now that I look back on it, I did win one match and got through a round. It’s my first time here as well. It’s obviously been amazing to experience this and next year I can look forward to it and work hard for it as well.
“I have the European Championships back on the clay next week, and also the Summer Cup. Hopefully I’ll have one or two weeks off, and then probably the US Open at the end of the summer.”
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