Travis takes next step on road to tennis stardom

SUDBURY Tennis Club’s Travis Ireland took the next step on his dream of becoming a professional tennis player when taking part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) National Talent ID Finals.

The session, which took place at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London, saw 100 youngsters, including former Elmsett Primary School pupils Oscar (12) and Noah Cutting (11), put through their paces by the country’s top youth coaches.

Ten-year-old Ireland, who trains six days a week at Ipswich Sports Club and plays at Sudbury at the weekends, said: “This was my first National Talent ID day, I have been to a couple of regional ones but this was my first national one so I was a bit nervous but excited too.”

The Claydon High School pupil, who lives in Capel St Mary, added: “It has been great, the drill tests have been quite hard but it was good to be challenged.”

The day was overseen by LTA’s head of talent management Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw.

After progressing from regional talent ID days, promising players will usually be invited to four national training days a year, two in Bolton and two in London.

The players are then scored and this will dictate the amount of support they receive.