Oxfordshire’s Junior Tennis Players Take Centre Stage
Oxfordshire’s first roll call of its achievements in junior tennis were celebrated at Abingdon College (3 November) with an awards evening which recognised the efforts of young players across the county.
Junior players from aged 8 – 18, who play tennis at local clubs, schools or county squads all received awards for a range of criteria.
This included representing Oxfordshire at county and national level through to young players who have shown massive improvement over the course of the season and those who always give 100 per cent on the tennis court.
The ‘Tennis Oxfordshire Junior Tennis Awards’ were presented by Jordanne Whiley, Wimbledon wheelchair doubles champion, Marc McCarroll a Paralympian in men’s tennis, Lucy Brown, one of Oxfordshire’s highest achieving junior players and now a tennis coach and Ed Isard, head tennis coach at the White Horse Tennis Centre.
Around 50 of Oxfordshire’s junior players are already playing in adult leagues. As well as awards for most improving players at clubs and in county squads, there was also recognition for outstanding individual performances.
Winner of the boys’ award was Cameron Price who has represented the county at under 10 level through to the present day where he is now a member of Oxfordshire men’s team and Matilda Mutavdzic who is climbing the tennis rankings and recently won the girls’ singles title in the U16 Tennis Europe event in Albania.
A special achievement award was given to Wantage tennis coach, Andy Aitken for his outstanding contribution to tennis in Oxfordshire.