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Bothwell gets cash boost as he seeks to climb ladder


By David Kelly

Hillsborough tennis ace Peter Bothwell is continuing to climb the tennis ladder and says that the support he receives from home is an important part of his development.

The 21-year-old has spent four years at his training base in Spain, moving up to 714th in the world and with the goal of breaking through the 500 mark within the next 12 months.

Seeking to make such a jump comes a great cost in terms of travelling expenses, and so a financial boost from local wealth management firm Johnston Campbell has come at the right time.

"I'm very grateful to the £1,000 I've received from Johnston Campbell because that will help me fund two tournaments, and it's an example of the general support I get from the people back at my home club Downshire," said Bothwell, who has also been supported by the Mary Peters Trust.

Currently campaigning in Malaga and is looking ahead to a busy summer of events, including two in Dublin, he added: "It's a difficult life but I wouldn't change it. I am only home maybe five times a year, no longer than a week and usually for a rest.

"Competing on tour is very tough but I enjoy it. I try to take care of the small details and work to get a little bit better every day. Over the past four years I feel that I have developed a great deal. Mentally and physically I have changed dramatically and it's a case of just keeping going and doing the right things every day.

"When I came to Spain at 17 there were people who said that I should be going to an American college instead, and some thought I didn't have the game to compete on tour, but I think I've proved that I can."

The Johnston Campbell North of Ireland Open tennis championship at the Downshire club in Hillsborough, with total prize money of £3,000 starts tomorrow.

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