Ed Corrie saw his Wimbledon singles dream end at SW19 qualifying in Roehampton on Monday but the British youngster refused to be downcast.
Corrie, who has already been handed a doubles wildcard for Wimbledon alongside fellow Brit Daniel Smethurst, was beaten 6-3, 7-6 by Australian Samuel Groth out on court number 13.
Harpenden's Corrie, who trains at Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City, admitted he left a number of points out on the court and should have pressured his Australian opponent more than he did. But with his Wimbledon bow now on the horizon Corrie has promised to learn from his experience during singles qualifying.
“I think I played pretty well and created some good opportunities and unfortunately I just couldn’t take them,” said Corrie.
“There were some shots here and there on big points that if I’d executed better and at the right time could have won me the match.
“It’s frustrating to lose on a tie-break in the second set because it shows how close I could push him.
“He played a good tie-break but again I created a few opportunities there and it was just poor shot execution.
“I felt really good coming into the tournament and that’s why I’m disappointed.
“I felt I’d prepared really well and I put in a good performance but it just wasn’t enough.
“I started pretty well and created a couple of break points but lost one tight service game [in the first set]. Like I said it was just a few points here or there.”
Corrie insisted the standard of Wimbledon qualifying is improving and there was no shame in losing to Groth, a player who had recently reached the final of a Challenger event in Nottingham.
“Sam’s a good player and he’s playing good tennis,” Corrie said.
“I’ll take from this more confidence. I’m competing with some of the better players in the world now consistently. I feel much more comfortable every time I’m on court so I’ll just keep working.
“Right now I’m disappointed but I can’t wait to play in the doubles [with Smethurst] in the main draw. It will be both of our debuts this year so we’re really looking forward to it.”
As the Official Banking Partner of The Championships, HSBC is helping fans get closer to Wimbledon by giving them the chance to win Centre Court tickets. For further information, visit www.wimbledon.com/hsbc.