Bourchier 18/u Australian Champion

Tasmanian top seed Harry Bourchier has gone one step further than last year and taken out the 18/u Australian Championship title with a 7-5 6-3 defeat of second seed Marc Polmans. The win comes of a great few months for the Tasmanian who has seen his ATP ranking drop to 815.

With the win Harry was awarded an entry in to the Australian Open 2015 Play-off, he went down in straight set to last years winner Jordan Thompson. Harry will now continue training over the next few weeks to ready himself for the new year and Australian Summer of Tennis.

Stay tuned for more to come on his 2015 schedule.

See full article at the link below:

Bourchier Hoist 18/U Australian Trophy

Harry & Sonja 2014 18s Australian National Champion

Harry & Sonja 2014 18s Australian National Champion

 

Harry to headline in Asia Pacific Tennis League (ATL)

Harry is set to headline for the Tassie Devils in the Asia Pacific Tennis League (ATL) on Sunday December 7th at Launceston Regional Centre. Harry along with Tassie legend Richard Fromberg will be headlining for the Tassie Devils who are set to take on the Australia’s best. The team will be coached by Simon Youl, Harry’s current coach.

The ATL is a unique and fast-paced league played across Australia. The league comprises four Australian conferences each offering both a men’s and women’s league, with all matches being held between the 21st November and the 14th December 2014.

Action in the exciting ATL comes of the back of solid wins in two Wollongong  ITF Futures. Harry reached the quarter’s and round of 16 respectively taking out fellow Aussie Marc Polmans and world #240 Di Wu of China.

Follow the link for the  full article by Tennis Tasmania:

Tasmanian Devils to test their mettle in ATL

Harry in action in Australian Open Wildcard Playoffs

Bourchier Bound for Aus Open

Harry has completed the Glenorchy Open in stellar fashion, taking out both the singles and doubles tiles with partner Mario Matejoek. In one of Harry’s favorite hometown tournaments he only dropped one game in the final. The win is a great start to the Australian summer of tournaments that will start this week as Harry heads to Wollongong to compete in two ITF Futures events. With some strong results in the main draws of both tournaments, Harry will see his current ATP ranking of 869 continue to drop.

Harry will then head to Melbourne to compete at the annual December Showdown, where a victory will give the winner a wild card in the the main draw of the Australian Open.

Page 36 Mercury Monday 10th November 2014

The Mercury Monday 10th November 2014

 

 

2014 European tour re-cap – part 2

The second half of my European tour saw me head to the grass courts. After Paris I was unable to practice or compete. My abdominal was very sore and giving me issues. I had my fingers cross there was enough time for me to recover before Roehamton and Wimbledon, two tournaments that I was very much looking forward to.
To rest my abdominal I went to the beautiful island of Gernesy, England for 2 weeks. I stayed with family friends who were amazing to me. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I didn’t do much at all. I had a holiday, in other words.
After my 2 weeks rest, I headed to London were I began my grass court preparation. It took a couple of days to get back into it, mainly because I had was making some slight changes to my serve technique to try and help my abdominal. A couple days out from the Roehamton I started playing practice sets again to try and get match ready, but honestly I just felt like I hadn’t played enough heading into my first round match. Grass is one of those surfaces that you need to train on to really feel comfortable, one because there are so few tournaments on grass during the year and two it plays very different to any other surface. I won my first match in a tight 3 setter, which I was happy with, as it was my first match on the grass. Second round, I played a very consistent opponent that didn’t give me much. I lost 6-3 in the third set. I was just happy I didn’t have my abdominal pain, it was just tight and stiff.
Next up was Wimbledon. The draw came out and they had me playing on Saturday which I was happy about because if I won my first one I would have a couple days off before my next round. Saturday came around and it was a cold, rainy day at Wimbledon. Play went on and off all day and eventually my match got postponed.
As the middle Sunday is a traditional rest day at Wimbledon, I came back on Monday! Ready and pumped up, I came out firing and won my first round 6-2 7-6. It wasn’t my best match, but I was happy that I got through. My second round was going to be a tough one as my opponent had a big game and could hurt you from anywhere on the court. I went down 6-4 7-6. I was down the whole match until 5-4 in the second, he was serving for the match but I managed to finally break him and turned it around giving myself 2 set points later that set, but was not able to take advantage of them. I also made it to the second round of the doubles draw with fellow Australian Marc Polmans.
I’m so happy that I had the privileged and experience to play Junior Wimbledon. I’m positive with the hard work I’m putting in now, I’ll be back soon! For now, see you Wimbledon.
Harry Wimbledon 2014

Harry Wimbledon 2014

Written by: Harry Bourchier

Bourchier to Represent Australia at Youth Olympic Games

An exciting few months are ahead for Harry. Harry has been selected to represent Australia and the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China and then will visit NYC to contest the US Open Juniors.

The link to the article published by Tennis Tasmania is below:

http://www.tennis.com.au/tas/news/2014/07/16/bourchier-to-represent-australia-at-youth-olympic-games

Stay tuned!

 

2014 European tour re-cap – part 1

In May, I set off on a eight week trip from Tassie to tackle the European summer! I had been preparing for this tour for 2 months with the help of my coach Simon Youl. I felt great going into the tour as I had worked on my strength and fitness and felt like I had fully recovered from my abdominal injury that I had been dealing with the prior few months.
The first stop was Milan. Milan is the lead in tournament for the Junior French Open. I won my first match in an epic three set match. I was down 5-2 in the 3rd, but managed to get back on track and win 7-5 in the third.  I was very happy with this win as it was my first match back. I also played doubles in this tournament which looking back may have not been the right choice. My partner and I won a couple of rounds. I also won my next singles match without much pain on the abdominal but then in my 3rd round match I was in some bad pain and mentally it was quite tough knowing that the injury was back. I played most of the match was forced to pull out due to the injury.
At this stage I had to look a the bigger picture which was get my self ready for the Junior Grand Slams. I was 10 days out from Paris and around 7 weeks from Wimbledon. In my head I knew I would be much more confident on the grass because it suit my game. So I had to make the choice whether to pull the pin on Paris and get ready for grass or try to play Paris but could possibly make the injury worst. I ended up deciding that I would play the French Open.
I prepared for the french Open by going to Munich, Germany where they have an Australian training base. I didn’t serve just keep up my physical work. I spend around a week their training with another injured German professional tennis player Cedrik Stebe. After the week I headed off to Paris a couple days before the French Open to get ready. My abdominal still felt unstable. Two days out from the tournament I started to rolled my serve over again and it felt fine, good enough to play in practice. The day before my first round match I decided to play a set and half at highest intensity. Its fair to say I pulled up very sore in the abdominal area.
The morning of my first match I was still sore and stiff, I warmed up as usual, got a massage and the abdominal taped up. I went out onto the match court with the mentally that I would give everything. I won the toss! This was the first time I had elected to receive, I always open with my serve. I ended up losing in a close straight setter 6-3 6-4. I had count less break points on his serve which I was able to take advantage off. I was only broken once in the first and second sets which was quite good considering. All in all it was a frustrating couple of weeks.This marked the end of the clay season.
I would really like to thank my coach in Tassie Simon Youl for the countless hour he spent with me grinding on the clay at home before I left. Also Rob Lynch for letting us use his clay court in Hobart.
Harry French Open 2014

Harry French Open 2014

Written by: Harry Bourchier