Young ace Christopher marked out as FutureStar of tennis
An up-and-coming young tennis player from Bath has been highlighted as one of the brightest talents in the country after being included on the Lawn Tennis Association’s Aegon FutureStars programme.
Christopher Pearce, who trains at University of Bath Tennis Centre, earned his place after a successful year on court and will now receive added support and funding from the LTA.
Heather Watson, Britain’s number two female player, supports the scheme and said: “It’s great that Christopher has been chosen to join the squad.
“The Aegon FutureStars programme identifies the most talented young players in the country and I hope Christopher uses this support to help him achieve his dream of playing at the highest level.”
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The player included on the Aegon FutureStars programme is:
Pearce is one of 486 top juniors from around the country who will make up the 2013 intake, with inclusion based on talent ID assessment for players aged 13 or under and rankings for all other age groups.
Leon Smith, LTA head of men’s and women’s tennis, said: “We are committed to identifying and supporting our most talented players, and the Aegon FutureStars programme is central to this process for young players who are starting out in the game.
“It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”
Ian Murray, head of sponsorship at Aegon, added: “We’re delighted to continue supporting the LTA with the development of the most talented tennis players in the country through Team Aegon and the Aegon FutureStars programmes.”