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Hollie Smart holding the 16U Lexus Junior National Championships title in 2024

Hollie Smart & Mark Ceban lift titles at the 16U Lexus Junior National Championships


Hertfordshire's Hollie Smart and Surrey's Mark Ceban added their names to a list of illustrious former winners as they lifted the titles at the 16U Lexus Junior National Championships at the National Tennis Centre.

Bringing together the top players across the country, the National Championships are the highest level of junior competition in Britain.

Andy Murray, Heather Watson and Dan Evans are among a long list of past British champions who have gone on to become household names in the game and along with the prestige of winning the Junior National Championships, a wild card into the main draw at Junior Wimbledon is also up for grabs for this week's champions.

Smart gets final walkover

Smart's win was somewhat anti-climatic, as Northamptonshire's Tegan Bush was forced to pull out of the Final after suffering from illness overnight.

Smart, who trains at our National Academy in Loughborough, was presented with her trophy by LTA President Sandi Procter and Great Britain's Billie Jean King Cup captain Anne Keothaovong.

"It feels odd to win a tournament like that and it was very unfortunate for Tegan to pull out, but I'm happy to win," said Smart. "To have my name on this trophy is fantastic."


Smart started her tennis story at Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club in West Hampstead and then trained at Batchwood Tennis Centre in St Albans before she moved to the LTA Academy at Loughborough last year.

"Being in Loughborough has taken my game to the next level," she added. "There are so many opportunities to train with great players and working at a higher level. There is such a good tournament schedule and that has certainly helped me."

Katie O'Brien, the LTA Women's National Coach, believes the tournament was a strong test for the best junior girls in the 16 and under category.

"It's been a great week of tennis," said O'Brien. "A lot of the girls were at a similar level and we saw some great performances.

"Conditions have not been easy at times as it has been very windy, but we saw some great tennis."

Full results

Ceban battles past Channon to be crowned champion


In the Boys' Singles, top seed Ceban proved to be too strong for Surrey's Liam Channon, as he won 6-2 6-2.

Ceban, who is supported by our National Age Group Programme, became only the second British player ever to win the prestigious Les Petit As title in Tarbes last year and also won the 14U Junior Wimbledon title last summer.

He also helped lead the British team to sixth in the Davis Cup Junior Finals and was recently ranked No.1 in the 14U Tennis Europe rankings.

"I'm quite experienced playing in Finals, so that helped me to get through this match," said Ceban.

"I just had to forget the scoreboard in this match and had to take it point by point. To have my name on the trophy is fantastic."


Martin Weston, LTA Men's National Coach, believes the standard of competition over the course of the week was evidence of the quality of emerging talent. 

"The conditions were windy, but the quality of play was at a high level," he said.

"It is often underestimated how important it is in the development of our players that they compete against their peers in such events."

Full results

The 18U Lexus Junior National Championships will take place at the LTA's National Tennis Centre next week, with the Finals taking place on Friday.

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