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Peter ‘sets’ his sights on ranking

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Peter ‘sets’ his sights on ranking thumbnail Peter and his brother, Sam hold their runner-up trophies in Antalya, Turkey, earlier this month after reaching their first final together.

RISING young tennis star, Peter Bothwell has been given a cash injection to help him achieve his dream.

The Dromore sportsman has set himself the ambitious goal of reaching the top 500 in the world singles rankings by the end of the year.

The 21-year-old has said he is very grateful of the £1000 donation he recently received from NI wealth management company, Johnston Campbell, which will help bring him closer to that target.

By last Christmas, Peter had breached the top 1,000 in the world singles rankings and has now climbed to a career high of 714.

He needs to compete in at least 25 tournaments a year to progress, at a cost of approximately 1,000 euro per tournament.

Peter and his brother Sam have just beaten off competition from the top seeded doubles players in the Turkey F19 Futures tournament in Antalya to make it as far as the final.

“The money means a great deal to me. It will help fund one or two tournaments, which includes the cost of flights, food, accommodation and racket restrings," said Peter.

“My short-term goals are to keep winning matches and climb the rankings.

By the end of the year I'd like to finish around the top 500.

“Financial assistance means I can focus solely on my tennis, not worrying about money for a week."

Since the age of five, Peter has dreamed of competing in a Grand Slam and of reaching Wimbledon. This year he became the first Northern Irish player to be selected for Ireland's Davis Cup team in 42 years.

Peter is based in Spain at the Soto Tennis Academy, led by Daniel Kiernan, former British number 1 doubles player, and faces a gruelling schedule as he travels from one international tournament to the next.

“It's a difficult life but I wouldn't change it. I am only home maybe five times a year, no longer than a week and usually for a rest," he says.

“Competing on tour is very tough but I enjoy it. I try to take care of the small details and work to get a little bit better every day.

“I made the doubles final with Sam, my younger brother earlier this month.

I'm sitting at a new career high ranking in singles at 714 and am currently competing in Antalya, Turkey.

“I am delighted to receive the financial support and really appreciate the interest Johnston Campbell Wealth Management have shown in my tennis."

Peter picked up the bug from his tennis coach mum, Louise Bothwell and grandfather Sammy Tuff, who was also a tennis coach.

“I coached tennis and my dad, Sammy Tuff was a tennis coach so it would have been in the blood. Peter has always been into tennis since he was very young," said Louise.

“Downshire is very much a family club which is probably where he got his enjoyment and passion for tennis, being involved in Saturday morning coaching from age five or six upwards.

“He was always very good athletically and had good hand-eye co-ordination.

His forehand has always been a weapon and that stood out for me when he was younger.

“He was very determined and loved competing and loved being on court."

Louise says Peter went to Dublin to play in the national squad at the age of 10 and continued to do so for two to three years, before returning to Dromore High School where he took GCSEs. He studied for A-Levels via home schooling while training at Soto.

“Peter books his own flights and makes his own travel arrangements. It was quite a learning curve to be able to deal with all that - winning, losing, dealing with money," said Louise.

“He's entering tournaments and nine times out of 10 he travels by himself.

“It's hard work. It's not something you do unless you have a passion for it and enjoy travelling. If you can take the wins and losses, if you can take the ups and downs and are prepared to get up and do the same thing every day."

Peter is now preparing for two tournaments in Martos and Palma de Rio in Spain followed by two events in Lisbon, Portugal before returning to Ireland where he is looking forward to playing in front of friends and family.

Johnston Campbell's director of wealth management Kerry McCaughan said: "We have been watching Peter's progress with great interest and are happy to see him doing so well. "We 're delighted to be able to support him in his career and wish him the best of luck in this summer's tournaments."

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