A raft of up-and-coming young tennis players have been highlighted as some of the brightest talents in the country after they were included on the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) Aegon FutureStars programme.
The emerging young stars have earned their place on the programme following a successful year on court and will now receive added support from the LTA.
The players included on the Aegon FutureStars programme are:
From Wandsworth: Tom Colautti, 17; Iman Garshong, 13; Freya Hampson-Evans, 10; and Nicholas Nugent, 15.
From Sutton: Dalanda Bah, 10; Kristina Georgieva, 12; and Emile Hudd 12.
From Epsom: Max Basing, 10; Lawrence Perrin, 14; and George Shields, eight.
From Morden: Gemma Heath, 11; Jodie Annie Lawrence-Taylor, 12; Vraj Patel, 10.
From Wimbledon: Arthur Fery, 10; Lana Rush, 15; and Lucy Webber, nine.
From Mitcham: Gemma Southwick, 12.
The Aegon FutureStars programme recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country based on the individual player’s talent ID assessment for players aged 13 and under, and rankings for all other age groups.
The talented youngster has been included as part of the 2013 intake of players and will be part of a group of 486 top juniors from around the country who all receive varying levels of funding and support from the LTA.
Leon Smith, LTA head of men’s and women’s tennis, said: “We are committed to identifying and supporting our most talented players, and the Aegon FutureStars programme is central to this process for young players who are starting out in the game.
“It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”
British number two Heather Watson said: “It’s great that these players have been chosen to join the squad.
“I hope they use this support to help them achieve their dream of playing at the highest level.”