Rising tennis star Oscar Cutting says he will never forget his day at the All England Club after he starred in front of former British number one Tim Henman.
The 14-year-old former Elmsett Primary School pupil booked himself a spot at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and under Challenge Finals after winning through the regional finals.
Cutting — now based at Culford School, near Bury St Edmunds — won two group matches before being knocked out in the first round of the boy’s main draw.
Some 20,000 promising young tennis players from all over Britain competed in pursuit of a prestigious place at Wimbledon with Cutting among the top 144 boys and girls to have earned the right to play at the national finals.
And, despite failing to follow in 2013 Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray’s footsteps by lifting silverware at SW19, Cutting admitted his outing at the All England Club was certainly the highlight of his summer.
“I had some experience of grass court tennis before and, although it isn’t my favourite surface, I still enjoy playing on it and it was exciting to play on such great courts,” he said. “Tennis is a big part of my life and I play nearly every day, so I would like to go professional and see where the sport takes me.”
Cutting even got the chance to meet former British number one and HSBC tournament ambassador Henman, who said he was impressed with the standard.
n The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grasscourt tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future — www.hsbc