Dominic Beesley has returned from two weeks at the Barcelona Total Tennis Academy, hoping the experience will aid his goal of earning a world ranking.
The 17-year-old Boston Tennis Club member was selected as one of 24 members of the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme, who jetted out in a bid to widen their tenis horizons.
“It’s so much different. You’re playing outdoors and the fitness training is a lot more intense,” explained Dominic, currently ranked as the nation’s seventh best under 18 player.
“Physically, it’s a lot tougher.
“Playing out in the heat on slower courts you basically have to work a lot harder to win.
“Over here, indoors, it’s quite quick.”
During the fortnight, the group got to rub shoulders with former French Open champion Albert Costa and Xavi Segura, the personal stringer to Rafael Nadal and Spain’s Davis Cup squad.
Beesley is now waiting for the release of the latest under 18s rankings, knowing that recent tournament results could see him gain a place or two.
“My aim is still to get a world ranking and, if I can, turn pro,” said the Wyberton ace.
“But that’s tough.
“I just need to keep on working hard and hopefully I’ll get there.”
A singles competition in Sutton on Sunday meant Dominic could not take part in the opening match of the East Midlands Region B Aegon Team Tennis season this weekend.
But in his absence, the Boston Men’s Team of Henry Beesley (Dominic’s brother), Lewis Fisher, Richard Cook and Steve Green earned a 4-2 home victory against Syston Northfields.
On the club’s clay courts, Boston began with three singles victories.
Lewis’ match was the stand-out success in the first round as he overcame a tough opponent.
In the doubles round, Henry and Lewis played as the number one pair due to their higher ratings.
However, they were beaten by the visitors.
Richard and Steve won their match, securing the victory for captain Mike Burnett’s team.
The side’s next fixture is on April 21.
They will travel to face Nottingham’s West Bridgford club.
Next weekend the Aegon County Leagues get underway with matches for the club’s two ladies teams and the mens’ second and third teams.
Next weekend will also see the first shots played in the Slazenger Lincolnshire Doubles League for Boston Tennis Club’s teams.