Grammar school pupil set for Wimbledon class

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A SKEGNESS Grammar School pupil will follow in the footsteps of the tennis world’s greatest names - after earning the right to play at Wimbledon.

Thirteen-year-old Henry Beesley, 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.”

A trip to Wimbledon will be fitting considering Henry has had a successful tennis season so far.

In April he reached the final of a regional under-14 boys’ event in Sutton Coldfield and he has helped the Lincolnshire under 14s boys’ team to third place in the County Cup.

On top of this he has reached the semi-final of a Regional event in Hull.

In May, after qualifying for the National Clay Court Tournament, he won his first match against a player ranked and rated higher than him.

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: “We wish Henry the best of luck at the Road to Wimbledon National Finals next month – it is a great achievement to play at one of the highest respected clubs in the world, and Henry has proved that he will give it his best at the competition.

“We are very proud to have him on LEAP.”

Henry is a member of Boston Tennis Club.

Applications for LEAP 2012 are now open. Visit www.lincolnshiresports.com for more information.