Jack Loutit into boys' doubles quarterfinals at Wimbledon
Jack Loutit has bagged another win in the boys doubles at Wimbledon, with the young Kiwi and his Australian partner Edward Winter advancing to the quarterfinals.
On Wednesday Loutit and Winter defeated Joao Fonseca of Brazil and Juan Carlos Prado Angelo of Bolivia 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 10-6 on court 8 in a match that lasted five minutes short of two hours.
Although it was an incredibly tight contest Loutit and Winters went up 3-0 in the first set, but the Kiwi was broken in the seventh game and for the rest of the match there was little to separate the two teams.
However, in the second set tiebreak and the third set super tiebreak, it was the Antipodeans who came out on top.
“It was a really tough match, there was one break each in the first set,” Loutit said afterwards.
“Me, Eddie and our opponents were all serving really well and you could tell it was going to come down to the tiebreaks.
“I think in the tiebreaks we really stepped up and took our chances.”
It says a lot about how well Loutit and Winter are playing together that they’re able to come through the clutch moments in matches and Loutit says they enjoy playing together.
“We have a lot of confidence,” he said.
“You’ve just got to go for it in the tight moments and see what happens and it paid off.”
Loutit has been working with Tennis New Zealand’s national development coach over the short grass court season, helping him in the lead up tournaments and at Wimbledon and Loutit says it’s been beneficial to work with him.
“He’s been there for me if I need anything,” Loutit said.
“He’s helpful in giving us really good doubles tactics and stuff to use when we’re under pressure. That’s the job of a coach and Matt’s doing a really good job.”
With each match he plays, Loutit feels more comfortable at Wimbledon and believes this has been a great experience for him.
“It’s a very cool atmosphere to play in,” he said.
“I’m really enjoying it. I didn’t get to go to the French Open, but I’d say it’s pretty similar to the Australian Open, in terms of the atmosphere and everything.
“I’m really enjoying it and the slams in general are really fun to play at.”
In the quarterfinals Loutit and Winter will play against the American duo of Sebastian Gorzny and Alex Michelsen.
“I know both of them,” Loutit said.
”They’re big, tall guys, big serves. So we’ll have to return really well tomorrow and we’ll go out there and see what happens again.”