Wimbledon title winners

Tim Henman with Wimbledon champion Matthew Gedney.
Tim Henman with Wimbledon champion Matthew Gedney.

Boston Tennis Club youngsters Lucy Hull and Matthew Gedney have both tatsed success on the courts of Wimbledon.

The pair were were the Lincolnshire representatives at the All England Club in the 2014 HSBC Road to Wimbledon national finals, and both won their respective consolation county finals.

Lucy Hull. ANL-141107-131922002

Lucy Hull. ANL-141107-131922002

Since 2002, every April schools and parks across the UK have run their own HSBC Road to Wimbledon event, moving juniors through to the 44 County Finals and then to the national finals.

In 2014 there has been a twin track pilot scheme whereby there is a county and a regional event, depending upon ratings.

The twin track means that at the national finals there are more players than ever before who have qualified with a 48 boys and girls draw from the county finals and a 32 boys and 16 girls draw from the regional rounds.

Add on doubles and consolation and it means that 148 players have a great opportunity to play at least five matches on the famous grass courts at Wimbledon.

Matthew and Lucy narrowly missed progressing from the group stage ino the main draw, but they played in to the consolation finals.

Overall this was a great achievement and a fantastic experience for the aspiring juniors.

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and 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.

Meanwhile, fellow Boston Tennis Club member Jake Sherrick won the under 12 boys’ event at the Bury and West Suffolk Tennis Tournament last week.

Culford Sports and Tennis Centre played host to the 87-year-old grade-four tournament.

In an epic final, Jake pipped Luke Watson 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 11-9 to claim victory after 140 minutes.