Jake Dembo had the longest journey to the Border, but it was well worth the trip for the Perth youngster who booked his place at Wimbledon.
The 13-year-old was the only Western Australian in the field for the under-14 boys Wimbledon Championships Australian Qualifier at Albury grasscourts, but the top seed overcame all in his path and did not drop a single set to earn his ticket to the All England Club in July.
Dembo met Filip Fantasia in the final on Monday, who had upstaged Cruz Hewitt in the semi-finals.
The match was played at a frenetic pace with Dembo on top in the early exchanges, however, Fantasia was forced to retire with an abdominal injury at 5-1 down in the first.
While it wasn't the way he wanted to clinch the title, the result was a dream come true for Dembo, who only knew the day before the event started that he would be on the plane from Perth.
Dembo's parents couldn't make the trip across due to Western Australia's strict travel rules, but he reunited with former coach Damien Ward in Melbourne and got the job done.
"There was so many things that could have happened," he said.
"I luckily knew a coach over here and we set it all up, but it all happened pretty quickly.
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"It's really exciting. It didn't end probably the way everyone wanted it to, but it was a great match up until that point when the injury happened."
Dembo said his serve held in him good stead throughout the tournament.
"There's a lot of grass courts in WA so it's a bit of an advantage for me," he said.
"I love to serve and volley as well.
"It was obviously nerve-wracking, but you've got to block the nerves out and think about each point.
"I think there's 16 countries who get a spot and I'll represent Australia."
Dembo heads onto the ITF event at Traralgon tomorrow and has another event in Canberra at the end of the month before he flies back to Perth after more than five weeks away.
Sydney's Giselle Guillen won the girls Wimbledon qualifier 6-3, 6-7, 10-2, against Gurmanat Sandhu after more than two hours on court.
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