Junior tennis champion makes a break

Nov 2009
Junior tennis champion makes a break

UK and European top ranking junior tennis champion, 13 year old Peter Ashley of Cookridge, Leeds, who is sponsored by building contractors, Strategic Team Group, has moved from high performance tennis centre, Carnegie Tennis Club in Leeds to be trained by Martin Weston at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Academy in the Midlands based at Loughborough University, in bid to continue to build on his successes to date.

Peter will join the elite LTA training squad at the International High Performance Centre and will benefit from the state-of-the-art facility, which has four indoor acrylic hard courts, three outdoor acrylic courts and three outdoor clay court. The LTA Academy runs in conjunction with local education institutions and is designed to maximise the development of talented young players and help them realise their full potential in tennis. The academy is one of the most important centres for junior tennis development in the country.

This summer saw Peter ranked UK number two under 13 and top European ranking after competing in numerous tournaments in the UK and Europe. He won the Solihull International Tournament's Under 14, a European event, and won the consolation of the Under 14 tournament in Hasselt in Belgium. He also reached the final of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon, which saw him rub shoulders with UK tennis champion and tournament ambassador, Tim Henman. More recently Peter, despite only being 13 years, he has been competing in the under 16 age category, thanks to his new LTA 5.2 ranking.

He recently won an Under 16 tournament in Hull and is off to France in November to compete in the St Genenieve Tennis Europe Junior Masters event.

Commenting on Peter's achievements, Strategic Team Group's business development director said:

"Peter is continuing to progress and remains dedicated to achieving the highest levels as a tennis player and is renowned for his work ethic and tireless effort, always giving 100 per cent to his training and fitness regime. We are delighted to be sponsoring such a committed and talented player and wish him every success for the future."

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