Talented youngsters identified as future stars

Norwich junior tennis duo Will Davies and Maria Andrews were put through their paces yesterday in the Lawn Tennis Association's (LTA) national Talent ID Finals at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton.

Will, 12, and 13-year-old Maria were among 50 youngsters from across the country invited to the session at the National Tennis Centre after successfully progressing through county and regional Talent ID days to make the final week.

Will and Maria – who both attend Town Close House School – showed off their skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team who were aiming to spot future performance players, who even at such an early age were displaying the right attributes that could enable them to make a real impact on the game.

Will said: 'I preferred the tennis to the fitness drills but the whole day was good. I really enjoyed coming to Talent ID and I think I have learned a bit as well.

'I found it a lot of fun and playing the matches was the best bit.'

Maria added: 'It's not my first Talent ID. The drills went really well in the morning and it is always good to get feedback from the coaches on how I am doing and what I need to improve on.'

The day was overseen by LTA Head of Talent Management, Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw and said: 'Will and Maria have performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks testing qualities including athletic ability, coordination, speed and agility and a real natural talent and love for the sport.

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'It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented players give it their all at the Talent ID Finals which is central to our vision for British Tennis.

'With the level of LTA support available for junior players and the Talent ID network that simply didn't exist five years ago, there has never been a better time for the LTA to identify and help develop talented players.'