“Breaking into the top 50 would feel like a massive milestone” – getting to know British Tour champion, Arthur Fery
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Since elite competitions returned this summer and the LTA’s first swing of British Tour events kicked off in July, very few British players have played or won as many tennis matches as 18-year-old, Arthur Fery.
With 31 matches under his belt since the season restarted and a staggering 27 wins, it’s hard to argue that the young Brit hasn’t been the star of the summer.
Fery is currently ranked No.1195 in the world and is one of eight promising young players supported by the LTA Men’s & Women’s Programme. Son to a former professional tennis player and a French football club owner, Fery reached the third round of the Australian Open Boys Singles event this year and is starting to make a name for himself amongst British tennis fans. His impressive recent performances have seen him win four British Tour titles and achieve victories over the likes of World No.286 Jack Draper. His style of play and fantastic results over this period has seen him grow to become one to watch for the future.
His tennis journey began at the age of five where Fery picked up a racket for the first time at his local club and from there; he developed a real love and passion for the game. Living just down the road from the famous courts of SW19, some of his earliest tennis memories come from visiting the All England Club as a kid and getting to watch the world’s greatest stars battle it out, in particularly a certain Roger Federer.
“I’ve always loved Federer, how he plays, his game – he’s really nice to watch.”
Being brought up by a former tennis professional himself, Fery has also taken a huge amount of inspiration from his Mum. Olivia Fery reached a career high of No.225 in the world during her time playing on the tour, winning 2 ITF titles and also representing France on 4 occasions in the Fed Cup. Over the years, Fery says she has been an integral part of helping him to understand and develop his game.
Away from tennis, Fery is an all-round sports nut, having played various different sports throughout his life and always taking the opportunity to follow the biggest events taking place across the world. With a keen interest in coaching and sports analysis as well, he often looks to other influential sports figures to see what he can take from their game. After watching the recent Michael Jordan Netflix documentary ‘The Last Dance’, Fery says he learnt important lessons from the way Jordan handled himself on and off the court.
“It was definitely an eye-opener for me. I didn’t really grow up in Michael Jordan’s era but just to see how he acts and how he was, was just incredible.”
Most recently Fery capped off his 4th British Tour title win, beating World No.708 Jonathan Gray in the final. Off the back of an impressive summer event swing the 18-year-old has big aspirations, and it’s easy to see why.
“Playing at Wimbledon and Grand Slams especially would be a dream for me, having been to visit so many times. Hopefully I can start to play the pros soon and eventually I’d like to break into the top 50 – that would feel like a massive milestone for me.”
“Nick Kyrgios is my favourite player and I’d love to share the court with him (playing doubles). I just like how he plays and the good elements of how he acts on court.”
Looking back at his experiences of rising through the ranks as a young British junior, the one piece of advice that Fery has always remembered is the importance of fun and having his friends out there on court with him.
“Just being on court with your friends is the best part of tennis and I’ve always had a good laugh playing. Just have fun and don’t take it too seriously at first and stick to playing loads of sports to help keep your mind fresh.”
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