Age proves no barrier for Jessica

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A MUMBY teen who studies in Alford has been celebrating after she made her Lincolnshire 18 and Under tennis debut debut at the age of just 13.

Jessica Jackson, who is a pupil at the John Spendluffe Technology College, was one of only eight girls selected for the squad for the recent Aegon 18U County Cup competition in Norwich.

The budding star, who has previously represented her county at under 10, under 12 and under 14 levels, turned in a strong showing to help Lincolnshire secure a second place finish in group 5A of the competition.

Jessica was playing against girls up to five years older than her but this did not phase the tennis whizz.

“I was quite nervous to be playing at under 18 level but the other girls were really supportive and I enjoyed all three matches.”

Jessica took up tennis at primary school at the age of seven and was a member of Skegness Tennis Club before moving to Tennis Buddies in Woodhall Spa.

She currently trains three times a week with coach Dave Williams, as well as competing in local league matches and regional level tournaments.

In September Jessica moved up to the under 14 age group and is currently ranked number two in Lincolnshire, with a national ranking of 120.

She was previously ranked number one in Lincolnshire and 26th nationally while competing at under 12 level.

Jessica aims to keep progressing and hopes in the future to become a performance coach, working with other young tennis stars.