Luton tennis starlet gets to meet Tim Henman

Luton tennis star Alexander Ross experienced the thrill of a lifetime as he joined former British number one Tim Henman at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14U Challenge Finals.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 1st September 2013, 10:32 am
Tim Henman and Alexander Ross
Tim Henman and Alexander Ross

The Harlington Upper School pupil, who qualified for Wimbledon after he won his County Finals, failed to register a victory in the boys’ singles competition though.

Despite progressing to the boys’ consolation draw, the 13-year-old met his match in the shape of opponent Sebastian Harris, exiting the tournament after a 6-0, 6-0 defeat last Saturday.

However, the Luton & Vauxhall Tennis Club player insisted that despite the loss, competing at the All England Lawn Tennis Club this year was the highlight of his summer.

“It was really good to be playing at Wimbledon because it means that I am following in the footsteps of professionals and those from Bedfordshire,” said Ross, who also contested the boys’ doubles.

“The highlight for me was playing on court 18 and meeting Tim Henman and I am already looking forward to reaching this stage of the tournament next year.

“I still have another year so to play here at this age and gain this experience will help me when I try and get back here next year.”

More than 20,000 children from all over Britain competed throughout the summer in pursuit of following in the footsteps of Andy Murray by playing at Wimbledon, with the top 128 boys and girls earning the chance to compete at the National Finals.

Ross got the opportunity to meet Henman – an ambassador for HSBC, sponsor of the Road to Wimbledon – as he spent time with the players, and posed for photos.