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PICTURES – Wimbledon bid begins for Inverness tennis stars

By Andrew Henderson

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Two of Inverness Tennis Club’s young talents have taken their first steps on the Road To Wimbledon.

Last Sunday saw the regional edition of the competition take place in the Highland capital, where under-14s competed for a chance to play in the national finals at Wimbledon.

With such high stakes, the competition was fierce in Inverness, with all involved keen to taste victory but needing to overcome hard-fought rallies and matches to do so.

The boys’ side of the draw came down to Archie Mackinnon and Alfie Cameron in a match that was typically close.

Cameron gave it his best effort, but one too many of Mackinnon’s shots were out of his reach, meaning the latter claimed the win.

Connor Doherty finished in third place after showing off the improvements in his game over the last year.

In the girls’ final, every point proved to be an important one in a tight affair between Marina Jezierska and Ailish Boyd – with several games going to deuce an example of how close it was.

Jezierska proved to be more consistent over the course of the match though, with her accuracy paying off to get the victory.

Mackinnon and Jezierska will now move on to the next stage of the Road to Wimbledon, where they will come up against other regional winners.

The competition is the UK’s biggest for junior players on grass.

Approximately 9000 boys and girls from 650 clubs, parks and schools are estimated to be taking part in an attempt to reach the showcase rounds on the Wimbledon courts.

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