Wimbledon calling for starlet Massie

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Tennis sensation Elizabeth Massie will aim to succeed where Andy Murray failed this year after booking her spot at a prestigious Wimbledon tournament.

The 14-year-old has long been known as one to watch for the future and she claimed victory at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Midlands Regional Qualifier at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Massie, a member of Warwick Tennis Club, will now play in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 & Under Challenge at the All England Club between August 11 and 16.

Murray lost in the quarter-finals at SW19 earlier this month and Bilton School pupil Massie admits she can’t wait to grace the hallowed Wimbledon turf again, having played in the tournament last year.

“It’s great to be going back to Wimbledon again, it was a really good experience last year,” said Massie, who beat Anna Buckley 6-2 6-0 in one of the day’s finals.

“Last year I learned a lot, especially to enjoy it because when I get older I’m not going to remember the match I played but I am going to remember that I played at Wimbledon.

“I’ve been playing tennis since I was five and I’m hoping to get to a scholarship to an American university when I’m older.”

Former Davis Cup captain and HSBC Road to Wimbledon tournament director Paul Hutchins is urging Massie to make the most her Wimbledon adventure.

“Since we started this event so many juniors have come to Wimbledon and it is such a thrill to play on the grass and live the dream for a week,” he said.

“Some have only dreamt of playing at Wimbledon while for others it is a highly motivating step in their junior career.”

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.