Barnstaple tennis starlet Alexander Styles admits watching this year’s Wimbledon will be all the more difficult after falling just short of playing at the world-famous venue.

Styles had the chance to follow the world’s top players as he competed in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon South West Regional Qualifier at the East Glos Club in Cheltenham.

The 14-year-old was playing for a spot at August’s HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 and Under Challenge at the All England Club but lost to Henry Muxworthy in the first round, going down 6-0, 6-1.

But the Park Community School pupil is adamant we haven’t seen the last of him.

“It wasn’t good from me out there – I simply made too many mistakes, unforced errors and my attitude wasn’t too good,” said Styles, who trains at Tarka Tennis Centre.

“I was struggling to get spin on the ball because it was skidding through quite quickly on the courts.

“I did Road to Wimbledon last year and I lost in the first round, so it would have been nice to get a win this time.

“I’ve got a few tournaments coming up which I’m looking to win.”

Although Styles failed to advance to Wimbledon, former British number one Tim Henman believes he is still one to watch.

“Players are always disappointed when they miss out on qualifying for the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National Final and a chance to play on the grass courts at Wimbledon,” said Henman.

“Hopefully Alexander will be spurred on to greater achievements in his junior career and, who knows, maybe even play at The Championships as a professional player in the future.”

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.