Jack Loutit bounces back with win in boys' doubles at Wimbledon
Jack Loutit and his Australian partner Edward Winter have defeated the British pairing of Patrick Brady and William Jansen 6-4 6-3 to make it into the second round of the boys’ doubles at Wimbledon.
After the disappointment of Sunday, when Loutit lost 6-4 6-0 to American Learner Tien in the first round of the boys’ singles, Loutit bounced back in style with an impressive performance against the two British players who were given a wildcard to make it into the draw.
“I think Eddie and I played really well, we returned especially good,” Loutit said of the win.
“We put a lot of pressure on from the very first game on our opponents and I think over the match that pressure started to get to them.
“In the second set, one of our opponents hit two double faults in one game, which handed us the break and in doubles I guess that’s all you need.”
Court 4 at Wimbledon isn’t as big as its number may suggest, but there are three rows of seats on the side that’s in the shadows of the much bigger No 3 court.
So there was a large crowd of people to watch this match, with the vast majority of the spectators understandably cheering on the British players.
Even so, Loutit said he enjoyed playing in front of such a passionate crowd.
“I honestly love the big crowds,” he said.
“I love the big environment. It’s really fun and you don’t get to play in these types of matches much, especially in New Zealand, so it was a really cool experience for me.”
With this being Loutit’s second day at Wimbledon, he feels he’s getting more used to the environment. Wimbledon can be a daunting place for any player, especially one from the other side of the world experiencing it for the first time.
“I definitely wasn’t as nervous as my singles match,” he said.
“It also helps having someone on the court with you, just to talk things through and everything else.
“Eddie and I have played together the past two weeks, we’ve been playing pretty good together and today we continued to play well.”
In the second round Loutit and Winter take on Joao Fonseca from Brazil and Bolivia’s Juan Carlos Prado Angelo.