Talented Jake enjoys ID day

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Tennis player Jake Hersey was put through his paces at the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) national Talent ID Finals at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The 10-year-old who is currently his age group’s national champion is on the LTA’s AEGON FutureStars programme. He was one of 100 youngsters invited to the session after successfully progressing through county and regional Talent ID days to make the final week.

Jake and his fellow players had to complete several testing drills throughout the day in front of the LTA Talent ID team who were aiming to spot future performance players.

Jake, a Paddox Primary School pupil, who trains at the Solihull Arden Club, said: “I’ve had a great day at Talent ID. I like the drills, they are challenging and I really enjoyed playing against some of the best players in the country.”

The day was overseen by LTA Head of Talent Management, Andrew Lewandowski, who said: “Jake has 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.”

Funding is offered to players selected from the national Talent ID weeks and the LTA continue to monitor those players competitive level in an on-going process.

Players attending the national Talent ID days may also be asked to attend national camps at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton depending upon progress development and performance in competition throughout the year.

Those players not selected continue to receive visits from their Talent Performance Manager who continue to monitor their progress.