Samir Banerjee reflects on winning Wimbledon boys’ singles title

American junior Samir Banerjee, 17, set low expectations for himself at Wimbledon but he ended up winning The Championships. 

On Sunday, Banerjee beat fellow compatriot Victor Lilov 7-5 6-3 to lift the Wimbledon boys’ singles title. 

At the French Open, Banerjee suffered a first round exit in the boys’ singles event. 

“I really just wanted to win a round, I didn’t expect this. I had a tough French Open, lost to a good player, so here I just wanted to keep my expectations low so that if I passed them, then I’d be happy. But this was way beyond my wildest dreams,” Banerjee said, per the Wimbledon webste. 

On the other side, Ane Mintegi Del Olmo won the girls’ singles event. 

“I’m so happy to be the champion of Wimbledon 2021. Thank you to my team, and the team I have in Barcelona. It’s amazing. I enjoyed this week a lot and to have this trophy in my house is very special for me,” Mintegi del Olmo said on court.

Banerjee planning his next steps 

Banerjee failed to serve out for the first set in the ninth game but broke Lilov in the 12th game to avoid a disappointment and win the opener. 

After winning the first set, Banerjee broke Lilov in the sixth game and held on to his serve the rest of the second set to book a straight-set win. 

“It’s going to be amazing, this trophy is going to be my centrepiece, I’m going to look at this and be inspired to keep playing and hopefully come back here as a pro,” he said, adding that he will test himself out in a few men’s Futures events to finalise his decision about his next steps.

Banerjee was joined by his uncle at Wimbledon. 

“My uncle is here, he’s not technically a tennis coach, but if these results keep happening then I should start travelling with him more,” joked Banerjee.