Tips from Jamie Murray help Norwich tennis prospect Monica Raviraj earn GB selection
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Catton tennis player Monica Raviraj has been selected to play for the Great Britain Under-13 girls team against France next month.
The tournament is being held from November 4-6 at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
The Norwich School pupil was selected after being invited to the British National Tennis Camp as one of the top 12 girls in the country – and met British doubles number one Jamie Murray and his mum, Judy, captain of the British Fed Cup team.
The players were assessed on tennis skills and techniques and national coaches carried out a variety of fitness tests and tennis drills before a final day playing practice matches against each other. Based on collective information from the selection team, six players were chosen for the GB team.
Monica said: 'I have been trying very hard over the years and finally got the breakthrough. It's my dream come true. Definitely it will boost my confidence in the coming tournaments.'
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The 13-year-old is ranked 398 in Europe, but her highest was 368 for the girls U14 group. She is currently ranked 12th in Great Britain at U14 level and number one in Norfolk at U14 and U16.
On November 24 Monica will travel to the USA along with other national players, for the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships on Florida's west coast. Then she will travel to Miami for a week-long training and preparation for her next tournament, the 54th annual Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, between December 13 and 22.
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