2012 looks to be an ace 12 months for 16-year-old

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LOCAL tennis star Jonny O’Mara could be set to see 2012 become one of his most successful years yet.

Not only has he began coaching with a former world number four player, he also looks set to feature in the junior events at two grand slam tournaments.

And just last week, Jonny narrowly missed out on his first senior men’s title at the Men’s British Tour event near Glasgow, in what was an encouraging week of tennis for the talented 16-year-old.

The professional event attracted a top class field of players including many with a world senior ranking, so Jonny was in talented company.

In making the final he beat the number one seed, Lancashire’s former world top 500 player, Simon Roberts, in the quarter-finals to cause quite an upset in what was a very tough draw.

After his fine performances to qualify for the final he was the favourite to take the title but unfortunately the tough draw had taken its toll.

He couldn’t find his best form and with a slight arm injury also hampering his play it left Yorkshire’s experienced professional Joe Gill to take the match in straight sets.

Despite the minor setback, Jonny has so much to look forward to this year, starting next month.

The busy youngster is to tour South America at the end of January with a Great Britain select team, where he hopes to get the few more ranking points he needs to gain entry into the French Open Junior draw, which will be his first Grand Slam event.

He will also play in this year’s Junior Wimbledon, having already secured an entry into qualifying.

Jonny was also delighted to reveal that he has been working extensively for three months with former world number four Greg Rusedski.

In a recent interview with a national paper, the former British number one named Jonny as one of eight rising British tennis stars that he has tipped for future success.

And the coaching partnership is set to continue as Jonny will now be spending a part of this year working with Greg at the National Tennis Centre in London.