The Road to Wimbledon has already started for the juniors of West Norfolk.
This national competition for under 14 boys and girls, sponsored by HSBC, took place recently at King Edward VII Academy (KES) Community Tennis Centre.
This was a full day event with more than 30 players taking part, and some of the competitors can be seen in the photo.
The format is the same as that used at the Wimbledon Championship with the top players being seeded and eventually reaching a final.
Last year’s champions Ben Charnley and Kaci Woods competed again, in what will be their last tournament in this age group. After some high quality tennis being played by everyone, Woods triumphed again in the girls’ tournament, beating Elizabeth Cerina in the final.
The boys’ final was a very tense affair with Charnley losing in a tie break to Toby Bernadin from Great Massingham. Woods and Bernadin will now go onto the county finals in Norwich later this month to compete for a place at Wimbledon in August.
If they are successful they will then play against all the county finalists over two days with coaching from former star Tim Henman and Judy Murray, mother of ex-Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy.
KES Tennis Centre wishes them all the best in their next step to playing at Wimbledon. A big thank you to the parents, supporters and coaches who helped make the day a huge success.
n During the summer KES will be hosting a number of tennis camps for children of all ages and abilities.
They take place from Tuesday 28 to Thursday, July 30 and Tuesday 25 to Thursday, August 27. The LTA accredited coaches at KES will also be running camps at Terrington St Clement and Wisbech Tennis Clubs during August.
For more information about these camps and the all year round coaching programme at KES call the Sports Centre on 01553 692949 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org