Coach serves up support for city’s next tennis star

Lauren Armstrong
Lauren Armstrong

Tennis ace Lauren Armstrong was put through her paces after taking part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) National Talent ID Day held at the National Tennis Centre.

The 12-year-old was amongst 24 youngsters from across the country invited to the London session. Lauren, who trains at Halton Tennis Centre, showed off her 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.

She said: “The fitness drills were really good fun as I’ve been working hard on that area of my game.

“I think I’ve definitely improved in a few areas and it was great to come here and play alongside and against other players my age and ability.”

The day was overseen by LTA Head of Talent Management, Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw and said: “Lauren has performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks testing qualities including athletic ability, coordination, speed and agility and 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 Lauren the best possible chance of reaching their potential so I look forward to seeing her progress.”