BOSTON Tennis Club youngster Henry Beesley will follow in the footsteps of the sport’s greatest names – after earning the right to play at Wimbledon.
The 13-year-old, from Wyberton has been selected to compete in the finals of the Road To Wimbledon National Competition at the famous All England club next month.
Despite losing in the final of the Road to Wimbledon County Finals earlier this month, Henry has been invited to take part in the National Finals of the tournament as one of the highest-ranked runners up.
And he will make it a doubles achievement for the Beesley family, after elder brother Dominic qualified for the event two years ago.
Henry said: “Wimbledon is so famous for tennis, that I can’t believe I’ve got a chance to play there. I’m really looking forward to it and hope that I do really well.
“My brother Dominic played in the same tournament two years ago, and I’m so happy that I now have the chance to play there as well.
Henry, who attends Skegness Grammar School, is a member of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP), run by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.
LEAP supports and funds talented athletes from across the county.
Rachel Belcher, LEAP project officer, said: “It is a great achievement to play at one of the highest respected clubs in the world.”
Boston Tennis Club mini tennis players had their achievements acknowledged last week at a presentation event.
Boston’s youngsters won all of the county titles available this season.
In the Aegon Team Tennis, Boston are the county champions at all the levels from under eight to under 10, and winners of the Lincolnshire Winter League.
In the Aegon 10 and unders, Will Bero, Michael Niedermeier, Max Wilson, Victoria Beardsley and Chloe Robinson beat Burton Waters, Lincoln in the final. Sarah Beardsley was the team boss.
Burton Waters fell victim to Boston’s nine and unders in another final, Vicki East’s side - Daniel Dorey Rodriguez, Lucas East, Joe Fisher, Matthew Gedney, Faith Coffey and Lucy Hull - were took strong.
The under eights - William Cheer, Matthew Gedney, Thomas Hull, Bradley Worth and Paris Royal and boss Tracy Hull - won their league without defeat.
The under eights B team finished top of their group, finishing second overall in Division Two after a play-off.
Rachel Boothby was the organizer and the players were Alastair Boothby, Danile Colam, Harvey Vickers, Bradley Worth and Jordan Stone.
The under nine B team - Jensen Barkworth, Joe Cannon, Matthew Gedney and Joe McGarel, with Nick Barkworth as boss - finished fifth overall.
The two Boston mini tennis teams that competed in the Lincolnshire Winter League finished in first and in third place.
Boston A team comprised Joe Allen, William Cheer, Thomas Hull, Matthew Gedney, Paris Royal, Daniel Dorey-Rodriguez, Jake Sherrick, Jensen Barkworth, Victoria Beardsley, Will Bero, Jack Sill and Max Wilson.
The B team was Jordan Stone, Eloise Winterflood, James Smith, Bradley Worth, Alastair Boothby, Joe Allen, Lucas Esat, Lucy Hull, Michael Niedermeier, Charlotte Priestley and Harry Foster.
Jake Sherrick played in two green grade five competitions this weekend, reaching the semi-final at Easton College and winning an event at St James’, Grimsby.
William Cheer won the Nottingham Tennis Centre Red County Tour.
On August 1, 3, 8 and 10, there will be mini tennis sessions at Boston Tennis Club open to members (£1) and non-members (£2). They run from 5.30-6.30pm.
Junior sessions are on the same date and the same price, running from 6-7.30pm.
Adult sessions are held on Mondays (7-8pm), costing £4, as well as over 55 sessions on Thursdays (3-4pm). The first five lessons are free, further sessions cost £4.