Michael gets career boost

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The future hero of British tennis could come from Newport Pagnell according to the Lawn Tennis Association.

Michael Shaw, aged 14, has been named on the Aegon FutureStars programme which recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country.

The emerging young star has earned their place on the programme following a successful year on court and will now receive added support from the LTA.

Michael is listed among 424 players from around the country who will receive funding throughout the year.

Leon Smith, LTA Head of Men’s Tennis, said: “We are committed to supporting and identifying our most talented players, and the Aegon FutureStars programme is central to this process for young players who are starting out in the game.

“There’s obviously a long way to go for these players. It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”

David Macmillan, Chief Marketing Officer at Aegon, added: “We’re delighted to continue supporting the LTA in identifying and developing young players across the country.

“As a business, we believe that preparation is key, and the Aegon FutureStars programme plays an essential role in enabling young people to fulfill their potential, and make the next step in their tennis journey.”