08:00PM, Thursday 28 November 2019
The team in Barbados, from left to right, Paul Fisher, James Bradley, Freddie Ridout and Robbie Ridout.
A Maidenhead-based junior tennis player dreams of one day competing at Wimbledon after being inspired by his recent success in an international tournament.
James Bradley, 14, competed in his very first overseas tournament in
Barbados in October, reaching the quarter-finals of the doubles tournament and earning himself a world ranking of 2054 in the process.
James, who attends Claires Court School, also won a singles match in flawless fashion, defeating his opponent 6-0, 6-0 before returning home.
His mother, Liza, says she couldn’t be prouder of him after he ‘exceeded all expectations’ in Barbados.
She said: “James went straight in at the deep end and competed in an international where no one was expecting him to pick up any points.”
“But he went over there, shocked everyone and exceeded all our
expectations which we were over the moon with.”
James began playing tennis aged 11 at the Living Tennis Club in Bisham Abbey and was invited to attend the professional academy there. He now trains in conjunction with Claires Court School at Bisham Abbey and is trained by RF Touring, who have made it possible for him to compete on the international circuit.
Liza added: “He trains before school for fitness. He then goes out at lunchtime to hit with someone for an hour and a half. Then he’ll train again from eight to nine in the evening. It’s quite intense.”
“Wimbledon is his dream and is what he is aiming for. He says to me all the time that he will be there.
“I have got to believe in him.”
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