A FAST rising young tennis star has taken a big step towards future glory by winning a national junior trophy.

Just days before Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battled out one of the greatest games of all time at Wimbledon, Windermere's Billy Blaydes landed the Scottish Open 16U Boys Championships to add to his growing list of honours.

The 15-year-old Kirkbie Kendal School pupil beat Hugo Cochlin from South Wales in the semi final, dropping his only set of the competition, then went on to see off Cheshire's Sam Reeve 7-5, 7-5 in a high quality final played in very windy conditions.

And he wasn't finished there as Billy went on to continue his winning form in the 18U Boys Doubles as, partnering Tom Drayton from Middlesex, the duo powered their way to the final in the older age group where they beat the Scottish pairing of Sam MacLeod and Pat Young 6-2, 4-6, 12-10 in a nailbiting showdown.

Amazingly, he then played his third final of the day, the 18U Boys Singles final against Danny Flynn from South Wales, who proved just too strong and won 6-4, 6-4.

However the youngster, who trains at Bolton Arena LTA Regional Performance Development Centre, was still happy with his efforts in making three finals and winning two titles on one day.

And he continued his form the following week at the ITF International Junior Tournament in Edinburgh, making the semi finals in both the singles and doubles.

In the singles, Billy was beaten in three sets by Dan Webb, a full time player at the Nadal Academy in Majorca, then he and playing partner Raf Papajcik narrowly lost out in the doubles last four to eventual winners Webb and Suarez of the USA.

Billy, whose latest doubles title was his fifth national title, all with different partners, is now planning to play in Europe over the summer to strengthen his ITF ranking before preparing for the British National Finals at Nottingham in August, and hopes to eventually take the USA University route through to international competition.