REDDITCH tennis sensation Alex Maggs admits he has to pinch himself in amazement when he thinks about following in Andy Murray’s footsteps by strutting his stuff at Wimbledon.
As the likes of British No.1 Murray, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams show what they can do at this year’s Wimbledon, Maggs can rest safe in the knowledge that he too will soon follow suit.
The 13-year-old has long been known as one to watch for the future and was at it again as he claimed victory in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon Midlands Regional Qualifier at Billesley Tennis Centre in Birmingham.
Maggs, a member of HDA Redditch Tennis Club, will now play in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 & Under Challenge at the All England Club between August 10 and 15.
Murray made history at Wimbledon back in 2013 when he became the first British winner of the Grand Slam in 77 years, and Studley High School pupil Alex admits he can’t wait to grace the hallowed turf.
“It’s a great feeling to qualify for Wimbledon – I can’t quite believe it,” said Alex, who beat Harry Finney on a tie-break to book his spot at the famous SW19.
“I’m looking forward to testing myself against the best in the country on the grass and it will be a fantastic experience and great for my development.”
And former British No.1 Tim Henman is urging Alex to make the most of his Wimbledon adventure.
“Hopefully this will help inspire Alex in his junior career and may even lead to him eventually playing at The Championships as a professional player,” he said.
• 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.