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Redbridge tennis youngsters show off skills to LTA 'talent spotters'

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 May 2013

Cameron Isbell

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Redbridge tennis youngsters get chance to impress

Three junior tennis players from Compete Redbridge were put through their paces after taking part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) National Talent ID Day.

The event was held last week at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London and the Bolton Arena, where 11-year-old’s Rittik Anand, Cameron Isbell and Alexander Groves were amongst 41 youngsters to attend the session.

The trio showed off their skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team, who were aiming to spot future performance players.

Isbell, who lives in Buckhurst Hill, said: “I thought it would be a lot of fun and I was really excited about going.

I knew what I was doing because I had been to one before so I was able to prepare. I just love playing the game.”

Valentines High School pupil Anand added: “I certainly did the best I could and I had a lot of fun doing it. I like to hit forehands so I enjoyed the drills involving that the most.

“I am quite competitive so I enjoyed the opportunity to compete against the others.”

The day was overseen by LTA head of talent management, Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw and said: “The players performed really well and showed lots of ability across a number of different tasks.

“These tested qualities including athletic ability, co-ordination, 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 these the best possible chance of reaching their potential.

“I look forward to seeing all three progress.”

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