Young tennis star set for Wimbledon

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A YOUNGSTER from Milton Keynes is getting ready to make her mark on the world’s top tennis competition this weekend.

Lauren Armstrong of the MK-based Cavill Academy at Stony Stratford Tennis Club will take to the grass at Wimbledon on Saturday in a warm-up to one of the day’s top matches.

The 10-year-old will showcase her talents in front of hundreds of tennis fans before the professionals take to court five on the first Saturday of competition at the All England Club.

Lauren was selected for the exhibition of young tennis talent after impressing at the National Tennis Centre where she has spent time training with some of the best players Great Britain has to offer.

In fact after finishing in 4th place at the last National Championships, the Middleton Middle School pupil can actually consider herself to be the fourth best U10 girl in the country. She was also runner-up at the 2011 National Clay Court Championships.

Despite her success, mum Irene says she’s not going to be pushing Lauren too hard in the years to come, hoping her natural talent will shine through without it sacrificing her education.

“We won’t be taking her out of school,” she said. “We could if we wanted to because she’s one of the best players at her age group, but we would prefer for her just to continue the way she is.”

Lauren currently trains for two hours every day after school. She took up playing tennis at the age of five and developed her skills at Stony Stratford Tennis Club through the very successful Cavill Academy.

She won’t find out which top professionals she will share the court with until Saturday morning, but whoever it is, Irene thinks the experience is only going to encourage her to try and play at Wimbledon for real one day.