US Open boys’ champion Oliver Golding eyes step up
The 17-year-old from London wants to use his triumph at Flushing Meadows as a launchpad to senior success
Newly crowned US Open boys’ champion Oliver Golding is hoping to make the step up to the senior tour after his triumph at Flushing Meadows.
The 17-year-old came from a set down to beat junior world champion and top seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 5-7 6-3 6-4 in Sunday’s final.
Golding has followed in the footsteps of Andy Murray in winning the junior title in New York, and the teenager says the Scot has been setting a brilliant example for British youngsters.
“I haven’t spoken to him [Murray] that much but hopefully I’ll get to know him a bit more now,” Golding told Sky Sports. “He’s a great idol to look up to and he’s doing great at the moment – and I’m sure he’ll get his Grand Slam title, too.”
Golding, who reached the boys’ semi-finals at Wimbledon last year, added: “It’s been a hectic couple of days. It’s starting to sink in now and it feels pretty good.
“I had a couple of chances in the first set. I knew that I was playing pretty good tennis and if I could keep it up over the next couple of sets I’d have a good chance of winning it – and thankfully I did!”
The Londoner now wants to focus on making a name for himself on the men’s tour – but accepts he will have his work cut out if he is to emulate the success of the world No4.
“I’ve taken a lot of confidence from this week and I’m really looking forward to trying to make a transition into the men’s game now to get my ranking up high.
“I have to be a lot better physically and mentally. I’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of me but I’m looking forward to it.”
Golding, along with joining George Morgan and Kyle Edmund, was one of three British players to make the semi-finals in New York, and he is predicting a bright future for the country’s up-and-coming players.
“I think it’s coming along really well,” he continued. “There’s a group of five of us who are doing really well at the moment and it’s good that we pull each other along. When you see one guy doing well you think: ‘I want to do better than him next week’. We all get on really well off the court so there’s quite a good spirit at the moment.”