It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Scottish contingent at Wimbledon yesterday. Defending men’s champion Andy Murray may have taken his leave but we were given a glimpse of the future in the form of young Aidan McHugh.
The unseeded 17-year-old from Glasgow progressed into the third round of the Boys’ Singles thanks to a superb 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) win over sixth seed Marko Miladinovic of Serbia.
McHugh has already caught the eye of Murray who trained with the teenager this week at SW19.
Older brother Jamie has also taken an interest and spent time with the youngster in Monte Carlo.
Aidan first picked up a racket at the age of five and learned to play at Dowanhill Tennis Club in Glasgow’s West End.
His dad, Chris, a GP, sang the praises of the Murray brothers. “They’ve been very nice to him – very friendly and very helpful,” he said.
Other Scots still competing at Wimbledon include wheelchair tennis star and defending Wimbledon champion Gordon Reid and Jos Rae - coached by fellow Scot and former pro Karen Paterson.
Jos Rae and partner Laura Robson exited the Ladies’ Doubles in round two, but Rae and partner Ken Skupski are still going strong in the Mixed Doubles.
It was a similar story for Jamie Murray who is still competing in the Mixed Doubles with Martina Hingis but lost out in the Men’s Doubles after he and Bruno Soares tasted defeat against Sam Groth and Robert Lindstedt.
Hamish Stewart lost out to Francesco Forti in the second round of the Boys’ Singles, and along with partner Dominic West exited the Boys’ Doubles at the first hurdle after defeat at the hands of US pair Trent Bryde and Alafia Ayeni.
Cameron Norrie was beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round of the Men’s Singles, and also lost out in the Mixed Doubles first round as he and partner Katie Swan were beaten by Mikhail Elgin and Anastasia Rodionova on Court 11.
Jamie Baker and fellow Scot Colin Fleming, from Linlithgow, were beaten in the Gentlemen’s Invitational Doubles by Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra.