Cape Town’s golden boy of tennis, Lloyd Harris, took to the court today to challenge a player who is not only his idol but also one of the world’s most well-known and celebrated tennis pros, and he held his own.
Harris proved himself a force to be reckoned with in his Wimbledon debut when he gave opponent Roger Federer a run for his money during the players’ match, winning the first set in just 28 minutes.
After a challenging six matches, however, Federer seemed to have warmed up and his pure athletic ability overpowered the budding South African tennis professional, who eventually lost after Federer won the next three sets in succession, ending in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 defeat.
The tennis legend took home gold on his 17th consecutive Wimbledon opener, but Harris was not left empty-handed.
Harris managed to stand on the same court as one of the world’s best and certainly learned a thing or two along the way.
Locals watching were pleased and proud to see Cape Town and South Africa represented with such vigour.