After receiving such an amazing, positive response to our first ever Schools Summer Festival of Tennis, it is with deep regret that we must postpone it for this year. However, I am sure you can appreciate the reason why. We can, however, confirm that because of the brilliant feedback received, our tennis festival will return next year and Norfolk LTA remain totally committed to getting as many new juniors on court as we can, playing our great game of tennis.
We would also like to thank Smith & Pinching for supporting our Festival. It is so gratefully appreciated and we look forward to their continued support next year.
Over the weekend of Feb 22/23rd Norfolk and Bedfordshire played a friendly match at Easton College Tennis Centre.The match provided matchplay opportunities for 128 players aged between 7-14.
Teams were split into age group categories, so each country were represented by players in U/8, U/9, U/10 and U/14.
Nicky Crawley who was captain for the Norfolk Boys teams said “it was a great weekend and great to see so many players out at the same time. Opportunities like this are great for everyone, you cant get enough match practise and this is an important part of any players development”.
For those who are interested, the results were as follows:
Norfolk won the U/8 and U/14 age group matches with Beds winning the U/9 and U/10.
Norfolk and Bedfordshire U/8s
Norfolk and Bedfordshire Boys U/14
NLTA asked Mike Digby, ex-county junior for an update on his work as a hitting partner on the ATP and WTA Tours:
“Having just got back as a hitting partner for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China for Simona Halep, I was invited to be a hitting partner at the ATP Finals in London at the 02. My first practice was on the first Sunday with Medvedev. I was practicing with him from the Sunday to Wednesday which was such a good experience as he’s arguably been the best player in the world over the summer, having practiced with him a lot at Wimbledon, it was amazing to see how much he had improved over such a short period. I then had the opportunity to practice with Tsitsipas on the Wednesday & Thursday for the first time. It was a good few days for me as his team was really welcoming & I learned a lot of Patrick Mouratoglou, his coach. I was then asked to be a hitting partner for Federer from Wednesday for the rest of the tournament. It was a proud moment as he’s been my idol frowning up so being able to spend time with him & his team for 4 days or so both on and of the court was amazing. We had a few practices together as well as a match warm up on Centre court at the 02. It’s been an amazing week & ive learnt a lot from some top players. I’m looking forward to next season where I hope to start in Dubai with Halep & then the Australian Open as a hitting partner for the tournament”
Click here to see Digby warm up Tsitsipas
Following the launch of the LTA’s new strategy “Tennis Opened Up” and branding in April, all Counties have been given the opportunity to develop logos to tie in with the new LTA branding.
We thought it was a good opportunity for a refresh, so Norfolk LTA will be moving to a new logo which you will start to see on our digital media, correspondence and team clothing. If you already have team kit please don’t be concerned that it will need to be replaced right away. Any replacement can wait until we have a new one designed and your kit needs replacing for other reasons.
Our thanks to Chloe Hunter, past Norfolk Junior County player and current Graphic Design student at Nottingham Trent Uni, who designed the “Norfolk Tennis” bit!
Click on link below for a sneak preview:
NLTA spoke to county player Ruby Syer about her life in tennis. This is what she said:
“I’ve been playing tennis since the age of 5, and I’m now 12. I am thoroughly enjoying it so far and hoping to turn professional in the future.
As I have been playing tennis for so long I have attended many tournaments. I currently have 50 medals and 10 trophies. I have represented my county of Norfolk on many occasions which makes me proud.
I have training squads at Easton Tennis Centre and one to one sessions with my coach at Acle Tennis Club. My weekly regime is squads Mon and Tues night, Wed and Sat at Acle and strength and conditioning on Thursday.
This year I had the opportunity to go and play on the famous grass courts at Wimbledon. I am very proud of this achievement as 9,000 children entered “Road to Wimbledon 2019” tournament and I made it to the last 24. Unfortunately I lost my round 1 match 10-2 in the third set tie break. It has been the most amazing experience!”