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Tennis: Lleyton targets national honours
2:45pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 in Junior Sport
SHERBURN youngster Lleyton Scott is hoping to make an even bigger racket in the winter after capping a super summer season with a Yorkshire title.
Scott, an eight-year-old pupil at Brompton-by-Sawdon Primary School, became Yorkshire County Closed Under-9s Boys Champion when he competed in a field of 32 at John Charles Centre of Sport in Leeds. He played five matches in total, winning four in straight sets before defeating Oliver Vesely from Huddersfield 7-5 5-7 7-4 in the final.
He is to be formally presented with the winning trophy at the Yorkshire Tennis annual general meeting to be held in Leeds in December.
This prestigious win rounded off a very good year for Scott in which he also won the JM Glendinning Ilkley Open for U9s boys in July. This is a grade 3 regional event which also hosts a round of the British Tour.
He is now targeting England success.
Mum Sally said: “Lleyton is looking forward to the coming winter season when he will be setting his sights on trying to qualify for his first national nournament as well as attending his next Regional Talent Identification Day in Manchester, where he will be assessed along with other children of the same age from the north.
“This is an integral part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s performance development programme in identifying talented young British tennis players.”
Scott trains twice a week at the Rapid Tennis Academy in Hull, where he has been coached for the last two years by Tom Loughton.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the youngster can phone his mum, Sally, on 07763 578377.