Alasdair Prott claimed the Boys U13 title at the Italian Junior Open in Riccione, Italy this past weekend (20-22 June).
Alasdair, seeded 2 and already ranked 6th in Europe, secured his anticipated place in the final with some comfortable 3-0 wins and rarely looked troubled along the way. In the final he faced top seed and current European No.2, Tamás Devald of Hungary. A slow start saw him lose the first game 11/8 but he gradually worked his way into the match to triumph 8/11 11/4 11/6 11/5 and claim his first ESF title. With his 13th birthday fast approaching, Alasdair will shortly move up to U15 where he will no doubt find the competition much tougher but having already played at No.1 for Scotland at the recent European Team Championships, where he performed admirably and more than held his own, he certainly looks up for the challenge.