Assam Origin, Indian-American Samir Banerjee wins Wimbledon under 17 title


GUWAHATI: Samir Banerjee on Sunday lifted the Wimbledon boys singles title with a straight-set win over Victor Lilov.

Playing only his second junior Grand Slam, the 17-year-old won 7-5, 6-3 in the final match. The match lasted for one hour 22 minutes.

“Remember the name – Samir Banerjee 🇺🇸
The American wins his first junior Grand Slam singles title by beating Victor Lilov in the boys’ singles final,” Wimbledon Tweeted.

Samir Banerjee, whose father is from Assam, made everyone take notice of his talent, winning four clay-court titles in 2020. The 17-year-old won his 6th junior title after defeating Victor Lilov in the all-American final.
The duo had entered the tournament unseeded but managed their way through with some good performance.
If Samir Banerjee won the semifinal against France’s Sascha Gueymard Wayenburg 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2 in just under two hours while Victor Lilov brushed aside challenge from No 1 seed Juncheng Shang 6-3, 6-1 of China.

It is to be mentioned that Banerjee’s parents had moved to America in the 1980s.

(with inputs from inside sport)