Goodmayes tennis youngster making his mark
PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 July 2017
Goodmayes tennis hopeful Abdul Ahmed is set to jet back off to America in the coming weeks.
The rising star, who trains six days a week at Redbridge Sports Centre, is starting to make a name for himself on the ITF Futures circuit and is hoping to make it professionally.
The 20-year-old has recently brushed off competition at three regional and national tournaments across the UK, including Basildon, Finsbury Park and Leamington Spa.
“I travelled up to Leamington Spa for a national tier event and my first on the clay this year,” said Ahmed.
“After a difficult opening match, I managed to find myself and went on to win the final beating the number one seed again in two close sets.”
Ahmed also lives in Irvine, California, as well as Goodmayes so he can attend the Advantage Tennis Academy to continue improving and developing his career.
“All of this has allowed me to compete around the world representing the UK,” he said.
“As a junior, I travelled to many tournaments in countries in Europe and the Middle East.”
The right-hander played his first professional ITF tournament in Kuwait in November, losing in the last round of qualifying both weeks and has since entered another, adding: “I flew out to Bahrain to play and was unfortunate not to make the cut.”
He has also been playing practice matches against some of the best players in the world and was spotted by a coach who he went on to work with for a few weeks.
“This was no ordinary coach,” he explained. “I was working alongside Younes El Aynaoui, the former world 14 who won five career titles, beating Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Lleyton Hewitt when he was world number one at the Australian Open. It was a fantastic opportunity for me and I really made my mark.”
The youngster is also planning to head off to France and Egypt to play in a variety of tournaments before this season comes to a conclusion.
“I feel it’s so pivotal for British players to travel more as these experiences are few within the UK,” he admitted.
“Since travelling, my tennis has gone from a hobby to a profession alongside my university.”
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