Most aspiring tennis players heading to Wimbledon for the day would probably dream of watching their idols duelling it out on Centre Court.

However, when Luca Pow came to the All England Club with his family as a child, it was action around the grounds that attracted his attention.

Solihull’s Pow, who qualified for Junior Wimbledon by winning the LTA’s 18& Under Junior Nationals championship last March, always had an close eye on the junior events, which take up a significant chunk of action on the outside courts in the second week of The Championships.

“I remember when I was five or six coming here. We didn’t come a lot actually but I remember I preferred walking around watching the juniors play. I didn’t really like watching the professionals,” he said.

“That’s why it feels really good as a junior, as when I was younger I just loved to watch the juniors because obviously that was the next step for me.”

Pow played in junior qualifying last year, though this year marked a Wimbledon debut for the 17-year-old in the Boys’ Singles.

The opportunity to play at SW19 has been at the forefront of his mind for several weeks, and despite a 3-6 6-4 6-2 loss to Kalin Ivanovski it was a huge step forward for him

Pow added: “It’s great, I didn’t get the chance last year - I played qualifying. This year, it was great. I had a nice crowd and my friends were here. 

“It was great, because obviously when we play our tournaments not many people watch, there’s not many spectators so it’s definitely a weird feeling, but I think I enjoyed it.

“The first set I was playing really well, I won it 6-3, quite comfortably. He came back and I started off a little bit sloppy in the second set, and he just managed to raise his game throughout the second set. 

“I should have won the second set really - I was 4-2 up, serving. The wind changed and I couldn’t quite manage to adjust. When we got to the third set his confidence was high, he was playing well, and I couldn’t really do much. He was too good.

“Today wasn’t the result I wanted, but the experience was great and I’ve had several weeks leading up to this, so to finally get here after talking about it so much was great.”

Potentially there is the opportunity for him to return to the All England Club once again next year, though with Wimbledon this year having been his focus, Pow is unsure on his next steps.

He said: “This is my first year of under-18, so I can play this again next year. 

“I’m ranked around 130th at the minute, so I’ll think I’ll be knuckling down, trying to get my points up, maybe try and be seeded next year at this tournament. 

“The pinnacle is Wimbledon, so that’s all we’ve been talking about. I’m not too sure about the future yet.”

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