Talented trio backed to be future stars by tennis chiefs

Daniel Dean playing at Wimbledon
Daniel Dean playing at Wimbledon

A trio of up-and-coming local young tennis players have been backed to make it to the top by the sport’s national governing body.

Aylesbury Grammar School pupil and Halton Tennis starlet Daniel Dean and Erika Dodridge, both 12, and Princes Risborough’s Barnaby Smith,14, have been included on the Lawn Tennis Association’s Aegon FutureStars programme, which recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country.

The emerging aces have earned their places after a successful year on court and will now receive added support from the LTA.

They form part of a group of 424 top juniors from around the country who all receive varying levels of funding and support from the LTA.

Leon Smith, LTA head of men’s tennis urged caution but had high hopes for the pair.

He said: “There’s obviously a long way to go for these players.

“It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”

For more info visit the LTA website.