Heron Tennis Centre develop their game

Ace Academy junior players from the Heron Tennis Centre in Newquay travelled far and wide during the season to boost their LTA rankings, gain match experience and develop their game.

Seven-year-old Blake Silva produced a stand-out performance when he travelled to Ilkley in Yorkshire to win the under-eight singles competition.

In the junior events at the Cornwall County Championships there was a notable achievement by Harry Wilmott, who is rapidly becoming one of Cornwall’s most exciting prospects and showed this by becoming the Cornwall under-nine singles champion.

At the same championships Toby Roberts competed in multiple events and recorded some notable wins be- fore being awarded Cornwall’s most improved junior player for 2017.

Several of their players were chosen to represent Cornwall this season. In the under-18 teams, Jacob Holmes, Tad Maclean, Oshi Leverton and Kieran Roskill-Thomas competed for the boys whilst Nadia Rawson, Flossie Cameron-Webb and Macey Laidlaw were picked for the girls’ team.

Youngsters Annie Watson (under-tens), Archie Mallett (under-tens) and Aimee Brown (under-12s) were also selected for Cornwall.

Meanwhile Jacob Holmes and Nadia Rawson left Heron recently to begin their tennis programmes and degrees at Loughborough University.

Maclean, who was coached at Heron’s Ace Academy from the ages of seven to 16 before relocating to Team Bath MCTA in September 2016 whilst studying for his A-levels, continues to progress.

His 2017 highlights include winning his first singles Junior International ITF title in Ireland and qualifying in the top 16 players in the country to compete in the under-18 nationals.

Maclean’s success led to him being chosen to represent England in the Four Home Nations event held in Scotland and his victories helped England win the overall title.

After visiting the United States recently he has signed up with Auburn University, Alabama, to continue his tennis development and study a degree programme starting next year.

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