tennis players celebrate success
Three young members of Burnham-On-Sea's Nathan Edwards Tennis
Academy are celebrating success this week after performing well
at a top tournament.
Punt, 8, Thomas Punt, 6, and Jonathan Bougourd, 8, competed against
some of the UK's best players in their age group during Saturday's
Torbay Open Tennis Tournament, which is the biggest event of its
kind in England.
in its 112th year, it attracts junior and adult entries from all
over the country, including many nationally ranked players.
fourteen boys in the Under 8s category were split into two groups
of seven and played each other, with the top two from each group
going through to the semi-finals and final.
Punt came second in his group, and went on to reach the final,
where he lost to Devon's Taylor Ingham-Hill, one of the highest-rated
eight year-olds in the country.
was a great achievement and well deserved for all the hard work
in training," the academy's Sally Edwards told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
brother Thomas was the youngest player there and won two matches
against older boys. He also drew comments about his performance
from a number of parents watching."
Jonathan Bougourd did not go through to the semis, he played two
spectacular matches which drew a big crowd, including Simon Wheatley,
one of the LTA's top talent ID coaches who said he wished he'd
had the match on film to send to other tennis centres because
it was probably the best 'red ball' matchplay he'd seen anywhere
in the country this year."
Simon also watched the performances of Oliver and Thomas praised
their ability and excellent technique.
talking to Sally, he said he would like to look into getting LTA
support for the academy.
coach Jamie Allen, and the families of the children felt very
proud of the boys and are hopeful of gaining some recognition
from the LTA.
late Nathan Edwards played at the Torbay Open Tennis tournament
as a teenager and many of his peers and friends are now top seeds
there. Sally spent some of the week watching them and catching
up on all their news.
The Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy is now part of the newly-formed
tennis club 'Nathan Edwards Tennis' and is affiliated to the LTA.
The club has been running tennis camps for children age six and
over at King Alfred Sport's Centre for the first two weeks of
the summer holidays and there will be a further camp running from
Monday 23rd-27th August from 8.30am-4pm.
days are also available 8.30am-12pm and 12.30pm-4pm. Prices start
at £20 for a full day with discounts for each additional
day and there are big discounts for extra siblings.
from September, the club will be running group coaching sessions
for children and adults at the centre. For further details, contact
Sally on 01278 784080 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Greg Kyd on 07576228245 or email@example.com
(from top) Oliver Punt and Taylor Ingham-Hill with their trophies;
Jonnie Bougourd in action; and Oliver with his proud family