Wolverhampton 'wonder kid' Henry Searle aims for Wimbledon Brit Junior title win

Henry Searle won in straight sets during Saturday's match and will play in the final on Sunday. Credit: PA

The 61-year wait for a new British Boys Wimbledon champion could soon be over as Henry Searle plays in the final later today (16 July).

The 17-year-old's win against Cooper Williams, USA, in the semi-finals, means he will play Yaroslav Demin in the final of the Boys’ singles at Junior Wimbledon this afternoon.

The Wolverhampton 'wonder kid' won yesterday's match in straight sets and while the win makes him the first British boy to make the Junior Wimbledon final since Jack Draper in 2018, he is now hoping to become the first Brit to win the boys title since 1962.

The last junior male Brit to win Wimbledon was Stanley Matthews - And he was 17 then, the current age of Searle.

There were 36 British competitors who started out in the Junior tournament - but Searle is the only homegrown representative left in the Junior section.

“It was pretty cool”, Searle told the Lawn Tennis Association. “I think being the home favourite is pretty special and especially doing it at Wimbledon.”

“I’m just going to focus on myself, it’s another match at the end of the day and I’m going to do my best to win", he added.