Anyone who has played tennis has dreamt about walking out on those famous grass courts at Wimbledon – the sport’s number 1 venue. Well, one of our ace pupils will be doing just that when she competes in the national finals at SW19 in August.
We are proud to tell you Hetty Willis, in Year 9, successfully negotiated the local Road to Wimbledon event held in Wolverhampton recently and now gets the chance to walk in the footsteps of the game’s greats.
The Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in the country and gives all 14U players the chance to progress through to the ultimate goal of competing at Wimbledon.
We have a great sporting tradition at the school and are thrilled that Hetty now gets the chance to play on those hallowed courts – what a wonderful experience!
She progressed to the national finals by winning the Road to Wimbledon event at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club and heads off to London for the national finals in August.
The Road to Wimbledon provides an excellent vehicle for encouraging youngsters to take part in tennis and plays a major role in helping Britain to find the future Andy Murrays and Jo Kontas – players who are acting as such major inspirations to our stars of tomorrow.
British tennis is enjoying a bit of a boom at present with younger stars coming through the system and some of our bigger names attracting huge followings, particularly around the time of Wimbledon each year.
Hetty is dedicated to her sport and her continued improvement was duly rewarded in her win at Wolverhampton. We know she can’t wait for the finals to begin and to step out on those famous courts.
It’s something she will always remember and who knows, it may be a rehearsal to returning in the future! We wish her well and hope she is able to take it all in and fully enjoy the experience.
Let’s hope we hear “game, set and match, Willis.” Good luck, Hetty, we are all with you!