May 24 2013 Latest news:
BROMLEY-BASED tennis player Emile Hudd netted a massive coup after earning a place on the Lawn Tennis Association s (LTA) AEGON FutureStars Programme. The 10-year-old ace, who trains at The Park Langley Club, Beckenham, is one of 426 youngsters selected
BROMLEY-BASED tennis player Emile Hudd netted a massive coup after earning a place on the Lawn Tennis Association's (LTA) AEGON FutureStars Programme.
The 10-year-old ace, who trains at The Park Langley Club, Beckenham, is one of 426 youngsters selected for the scheme, which recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country based on the individual player's talent assessment.
Hudd will now join top young players from around the United Kingdom in receiving funding and support from the LTA.
Former British number one and US Grand Slam runner-up Greg Rusedski (pictured), who is the Talent ID Ambassador for the LTA, championed Hudd's inclusion.
"As an AEGON FutureStar, Emile has a great opportunity to improve his game and grow within the sport," Rusedski said. "Emile is one of the most talented youngsters in the country as he has been listed as an AEGON FutureStar and I look forward to seeing him progress. Getting the right support when you are young is vital for any keen tennis player, but so too is enjoying the game and I'm hopeful that Emile has a good combination of fun and support."
Hudd will now be hoping to follow in the footsteps of British tennis stars Andy Murray, Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha in competing at the highest level of the sport.
The latter, currently Britain's number one women's player and a member of Team AEGON, suggested the future of the sport in this country looks bright.
"Getting the right sort of support is critical and the AEGON FutureStars Programme will help our best young players to fulfil their potential," said Baltacha.
"I benefit from AEGON's sponsorship through the LTA and I feel so positive about the future of British tennis because their support runs all the way through the sport.
"I am now at a career-high ranking and I love to think that I could inspire the young players working hard out there to be as good as they can be."
For more information on the LTA, visit: www.lta.org.uk.
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