WELSH tennis ace Viktor Frydrych, 17, says his Junior Australian Open journey to the finals of the doubles competition was an ‘unbelievable ride’.

Viktor, who began playing tennis as a child in Colwyn Bay, made it all the way through to the showpiece of the doubles with partner Petr Brunclik of the Czech Republic.

The duo, who were seeded five, lost out to Americans Maxwell Exsted and Cooper Woestendick, 3-6, 5-7 in the final.

Despite the defeat, Viktor commented: “It was an unbelievable evening – we had a close match but couldn’t get it in the end.”

Reflecting on his week Down Under he added: “Thank you to Petr for playing with me. It’s only the second time we’ve played together, and we have one title and one final, and this week has been an unbelievable ride together.”

Tennis Wales Head of Performance Chris Lewis said: “Da iawn Viktor. To get to the final in a Grand Slam is an amazing achievement – and what a platform it is to build on for the future. It’s great to see Welsh players like Viktor and Mimi Xu playing against, and beating, the best junior player players in the world.”