Turkey’s Yankı Erel was ‘sure’ of Wimbledon crown
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
The Turkish whiz who has won the boys’ doubles title together with his Finnish partner at Wimbledon says he was sure of their success in the tournament.
“We played hard. After the quarterfinal, we believed we could win the game and then we became champions after our victories in the semifinal and final matches,” Yankı Erel said on July 18 speaking to reporters in Istanbul.
Erel and his partner Otto Virtanen won the boys’ doubles title in the juniors category at Wimbledon on July 15.
Erel and Virtanen played against Colombian Nicolas Mejia and Czech Ondrej Styler in the final in London. In the nearly 90-minute competition, they beat their rivals 2-0.
“Yankı is a special athlete,” said Cengiz Durmuş, head of the Turkish Tennis Federation (TTF).
“He made it in the juniors category. He’ll also be a champion in the adults [category]. We’re proud of him.”
“It’s a great honor for me,” Kakulia said.
“We made great sacrifices. Yankı played very hard. I was always with him. … I congratulate him from my heart,” he added.
Erel is set to play later this month at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.