• Orange Bowl

British junior Morgan follows in Federer's footsteps

ESPN staff
December 13, 2010
George Morgan joins an elite list of winners of the Orange Bowl title © Getty Images

George Morgan became the first British winner of the prestigious Orange Bowl title in Florida.

The British junior No. 2 beat Dutch 12th seed Jannick Lapescu 6-2 6-3 to win the under-18 title, three years after claiming the under-14 crown.

He is the first player since Ricardas Berankis to win both the U14 and U18 singles titles - the Lithuanian was the only teenager ranked inside the top 100 earlier in 2010.

"Got the win so pleased. Played really well! 6-2 6-3," Morgan wrote on his Twitter feed.

Morgan joins a list of champions which includes Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick. British No. 1 Andy Murray won the under-12 title in 1999.

LTA coach Colin Beecher hailed Morgan's triumph - his fifth straight-sets victory in six matches in Key Biscayne.

"George played a very solid and controlled match, and has shown a first-class mental attitude all week," Beecher said.

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