TWENTY-year-old Tom Farquharson captured his maiden professional singles title at Wirral Tennis and Sports Centre on Saturday.
The Londoner produced another polished performance against Dan Smethurst who was playing his 5th consecutive singles final.
Both players reached the final without losing a set, and after a break of serve mid-way through the opening set, it was Farquharson who took the early initiative.
An early break of serve in the second led to Farquharson serving for his first title at 5-4, but Smethurst produced some big shots to break back.
The respite was only temporary with Farquharson immediately breaking again, and then serving an ace on match point for a 6-3 7-5 win.
After the match Farquharson, who is 22 on Wednesday, said: ‘I didn’t really start the week thinking I’d be here now.
“Dan has had a really strong start to the year, and has been the player in form.
"With my previous finals being in Manchester, and Ilkley, I seem to do well in the North of England, and am obviously delighted to win my first title today. I’m a bit lost for words.’
The 2014 champion went on to thank the crowd for their support, with more than 100 spectators watching the final.
Ahead of the final, Wirral Tennis Centre at Bidston had staged a “Fun Tennis Session” for youngsters and a Cardio Tennis session for adults.
Richard Joyner, tournament director, said: “I would like to thank Wirral Council and in particular Chris Thelwall, tennis development officer, for their great support and organising all the school visits held throughout the week.
“I would also like to thank the public of Wirral who came to watch for their loyal support.”