Newport youngster Michael has tennis talent

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Newport Pagnell junior tennis player Michael Shaw was put through his paces when he attended the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Talent ID Day held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London.

The 14-year-old was amongst 39 youngsters from across the country invited to the session in the capital.

Michael, who trains at David Lloyd Milton Keynes, showed off his skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team, who were aiming to spot future performance players, who even at such an early age were displaying the right attributes that could enable them to make a real impact on the game.

The Ousedale School pupil said: “It is nice to be able to see how other people are doing and compare yourself to make sure you are on the right track. I usually do pretty well at the physical stuff.”

The day was overseen by LTA Head of Talent Management, Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw, and said: “Michael has performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks designed to test athletic ability, coordination, speed and agility, as well as a real natural talent and love for the sport.

“It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented players give it their all. The LTA is committed to developing and supporting talent, and we now have the systems in place to give players like Michael the best possible chance of reaching their potential so I look forward to seeing him progress.”