Popyrin triumphs in French Open boy’s singles

Popyrin has become Australia’s first French Open boy’s singles champion in 49 years, joining a select cluster of champions.

Alexei Popyrin after winning the boys’ singles title in France.

“I would love to play in Davis Cup, love to be an orange boy at least maybe this year or maybe next year,” he grinned.

“Winning any tournament feels great, but especially when you win a grand slam, you feel over the moon.

Coached in Sydney by Kim Warwick, Popyrin now uses the famed French academies run by Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach.

Popyrin salvaged two service breaks in the first set to force a tiebreak – and then found himself facing a 3-5 deficit – before landing a telling psychological blow by winning four points in a row.