Juniors tennis comes to Wavertree

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Tennis rackets © Tommy1969/CreativeCommons/Flickr’

Tennis racquets © Tommy1969/CreativeCommons/Flickr’

Liverpool is set to host its first ever International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tournament next month.

The event will take place at the Wavertree Tennis Centre from the 16th to 23rd November.

Anders Borg, the tournament director of Northern Vision, told JMU Journalism: “All junior tennis players are fighting for ranking points. Players want to be the number one in the world in their age group and to play in the major prestigious grand slams.”

The age groups include Under 14s and Under 18s, with 150 players expected to participate in the tournament.

The ITF gives junior players opportunities to obtain ranking points, which are given around different places in the world.  The event provides youngsters the chance to potentially qualify for junior tournaments at the famous Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Wendy Simon, said: “It’s a great coup for the city to host this event, which will give younger players the opportunity to hone their skills.”

Councillor Simon added that the facilities at Wavertree are first-class and that it’s exciting to think it could play a key role in producing future tennis champions.

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