The best young British tennis talent will be on show this week when the winners of the 2009 HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and under Challenge are decided at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).
Thousands of junior players entered the HSBC Road to Wimbledon this year and now the 128 best players, who have won through three stages of the competition, will contest the National Finals on the famous grass courts at Wimbledon.
For many of the players this is the next step toward their dream of winning the Wimbledon title. The 2006 Boys singles winner James Marsalek made another step towards that goal last week when he won the 18 & under National Championships.
The AELTC started the tournament in 2002 to assist British Tennis. It has funded the event through LTA clubs and the 44 Counties as well as hosting the National Final on its courts.
During finals week, held from August 17-22, the players compete in 16 round robin groups with the top two players in each group moving into a 32-player knock out draw from which the winner will emerge.
The 2008 singles winners and runners up were given the trip of a lifetime when they were invited to Shanghai through the HSBC Sporting Exchange and were joined in China by tennis legend and HSBC Ambassador Bjorn Borg.
HSBC began its association with the Club as the Official Bank and Credit Card to the Wimbledon Championships and the AELTC in 2007. At the same time HSBC began supporting the Road to Wimbledon junior tournament, which has helped raise the profile of the event.
Tim Henman, the HSBC Tennis Ambassador, will be present on finals day to award the trophies to the winners and conduct a special training session. Henman is already familiar to many of the finalists through his tennis clinics hosted with the AELTC’s head coach Dan Bloxham.
Play commences at 10.30 on the grass courts with the first of the round-robin matches. To keep up-to-date with all of the action you can visit the official website: http://hsbcroadtowimbledon.com
The players and their parents and coaches will also enjoy an ‘experience of Wimbledon’ with museum visits, tours of the grounds and a special Players Party in the Debenture Holders lounge on Tuesday evening.