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Bothwell targets singles title after his third doubles success

 

By John Flack

Peter Bothwell has set his sights on adding a maiden professional singles title to his collection after securing his third career doubles trophy at the $15,000 tournament in Barnstable in Devon at the weekend.

The 22-year-old from Hillsborough, competing in his third such final in as many weeks, and his London-born partner Neil Pauffley, defeated English pair Robert Carter and Ryan Peniston 6-4, 6-7, 10-6 in the final.

It was Bothwell's third doubles triumph in the last three years and his latest success will see him climb further up the world ranking from a current career-best 735.

However, while delighted at his latest win, the Irish Davis Cup player would dearly love to translate his success in doubles into a similar achievement in future singles events, having reached numerous quarter and semi-finals on the pro tour.

He said: "I am really happy to have finished off my third week in English tournaments with a win, having had an excellent time reaching three doubles finals in a row."

"I guess the aim is to bring those sort of results on to the singles court and if I can do that, I'll be flying.

"I have a great confidence on the doubles court and I just need to bring the same mind-set along to the singles."

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