The unseeded 17-year-old – who is part of the Loughborough University National Tennis Academy (LUNTA) – dominated in Sunday’s final to brush aside opponent Yaroslav Demin 6-4 6-4.
Searle, who didn’t drop a set during the whole tournament, looked assured throughout and soon powered his way to an impressive victory in front of a raucous crowd on Court One.
The teenager, coached by Morgan Phillips, needed just one break of serve in the opening set to take control. The Wolverhampton native continued to dominate in the following set, showcasing perfect ball-striking skills as he secured a maiden Grand Slam title.
Backed by unwavering support from a noisy cluster of fans, Searle secured victory following a long forehand by Demin. The youngster outstretched his arms in celebration towards the overjoyed ‘barmy army’ that included a large contingent from Loughborough.
"It’s a pretty special feeling, I’m going to try and enjoy it,” he said.
“I’d like to thank my coaching team at Loughborough University, and my mum and brother, and all the barmy army.”
Image caption: Henry celebrates in a previous round. Image supplied by Getty Images for LTA.
Searle is only the 12th British boy to win a boys’ Grand Slam title and the first to win a junior Wimbledon title since Laura Robson in 2008.
The last boy to win the trophy was Stanley Matthews – son and namesake of the former England football great – in 1962.
Searle’s victory is recognised as a significant moment for British tennis, and it’s now hoped he can emulate the four icons of the game who won the boys' singles title as well as the men’s title – Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, Pat Cash and Stefan Edberg.
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