National title makes AGS pupil and Halton ace Dan the best in Britain

Dan Dean with his winners' medal
Dan Dean with his winners' medal

Aylesbury Grammar School’s Dan Dean has claimed his first ever national tennis title, a win which makes him the top ranked Under 12 player in Great Britain on the LTA’s Winter National Leaderboard.

His victory at the tournament in Bath came just days after Dan won his first regional tournament at U12 level and elevates him to number four in the overall GB standings.

Dan, from Whitchurch, began the tournament as the sixth seed and had to overcome a tough draw to claim several upsets on his way to the title, eventually winning 6-1 6-4 in the final.

His coach at Halton Tennis Centre, Pete Thorne, was thrilled by the result and Dan’s current progress.

He said: “I am so chuffed for Daniel, his hard work is paying off. His aggressive style is definitely the right way to play, but doesn’t always get results at this level.

“So to win a whole national tournament at his age playing in this way bodes very well for the future.”

Dan benefits from the school’s student athlete partnership with Halton, which helps to balance the requirements of education with his heavy training workload.

Speaking after the tournament, Dan was delighted.

He said: “My aim was to make the quarter finals, but once I reached the semis I knew I could go on to win it and I did!

“This has helped my confidence moving forward. I owe a big thank you to everyone who is helping me to develop as a player.”