From Rydal Penrhos to Wimbledon: Former Pupil Secures Impressive Tennis Victory
July 12, 2023

A Rydal Penrhos alumnus produced a smashing performance to claim his first-ever victory at the Wimbledon Championships, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in tennis. 

At Rydal Penrhos, we not only appreciate the importance of our alumni community, but recognise the positive impact they can have on our current pupils. Being able to look up to successful and accomplished people who have started from the same point in life can inspire our talented children and young people onto similar triumphs.

Thankfully, at Rydal Penrhos, we have countless alumni of this ilk and stature; not least in the arena of sports, where the likes of Wales rugby captain Bleddyn Williams or the multitalented Wilfred Wooler serve as constant reminders of what can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and passion.

Now, our pupils have another former pupil to look up to, this time in the form of tennis star Viktor Frydrych, who attended Rydal Penrhos from 2009 to 2014. The seventeen-year-old left-hander recently claimed his first-ever victory at the prestigious Wimbledon Championships.

This remarkable achievement cannot be understated, as Wimbledon stands as one of the most revered and historic tennis tournaments in the world. The tournament’s rich traditions, unparalleled atmosphere, and legendary performances from the likes of Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic make it one of the most famous venues in all of sports.

Viktor’s triumph in the first round, where he secured a straight-sets victory over Australian Charlie Camus, showcases his exceptional talent and dedication to his craft. With nine aces and a perfect conversion rate of break point opportunities, his performance showed real class beyond his age. It seems that grass courts are a favoured surface for the ITF Junior World no. 132, as Viktor has recorded an impressive 71% win rate on them.

Tasting victory at SW19 is just the latest success in Viktor’s tennis journey. In 2021, he secured his first boys’ singles title by emerging victorious at the J5 Nastola Tournament in Finland. This impressive accomplishment highlights his talent and potential, setting the stage for his future endeavours in the world of tennis.

While Viktor’s run in the boys’ singles competition at Wimbledon may have come to an end after a hard-fought second-round match against American Darwin Blanch, his journey at the tournament continues in the doubles category. Paired with his doubles partner, Phoenix Weir, Viktor emerged triumphant in their first-round doubles match, defeating France’s Antoine Ghibaudo and American Kyle Kang 6-4 6-2.

As Viktor and Phoenix move forward to their second-round matchup, where they will face Italy’s Federico Bondioli and Federico Cina, the Rydal Penrhos community wishes them the very best. Viktor’s success will be a motivation to all our developing tennis players, who continue to enjoy the excellent tennis programme available at Rydal Penrhos.

Keep up the good work, Viktor!