The competition, supported by Vodafone ambassador Tim Henman, is part of the company’s commitment to grow grassroots tennis across the UK.
- Promising junior tennis players from across the East Midlands competed this weekend in the regional finals of Play Your Way to Wimbledon, Powered by Vodafone.
- As the largest individual mass participation tennis competition in the UK with over 15,000 playing opportunities across over 2,000 clubs, the tournament gives players the chance to play on Wimbledon’s iconic grass courts this summer.
- Doubles partners Isabella Cockrell, 16, and Bethany Pye, 15; and Dylan Davies, 14, and Harry Bell, 14, won the girls and boys tournaments respectively, booking their place at Wimbledon.
- The competition, which took place at Nottingham Tennis Centre, was delivered in partnership with the LTA and The All England Lawn Tennis Club, and was supported by Vodafone ambassador Tim Henman, as part of the company’s commitment to grow grassroots tennis across the UK.
Junior tennis players from across the East Midlands took part in the regional finals of the LTA and AELTC’s grassroots tournament Play Your Way to Wimbledon, Powered by Vodafone, competing for the chance to play on Wimbledon’s iconic grass courts this summer.
On 18-19 June 2022, 11 talented U18s doubles pairings battled it out at The LTA’s Nottingham Tennis Centre for a chance to compete at the National Finals taking place on Wimbledon’s Aorangi Courts in August. The pairing of Isabella Cockrell, 16, (Leicestershire) and Bethany Pye, 15, (Worcestershire), ultimately prevailed two sets to love in a closely contested final match. Harry Bell, 14, (Leicestershire) and Dylan Davies, 14, (Derbyshire) won a round-robin style competition to secure their spots, winning three of their four matches in straight sets.
Discussing the tournament, Isabella and Bethany said: “We’ve really enjoyed playing in today’s tournament – it’s been a really great experience. It’s amazing to have won the chance to play at Wimbledon, and to see what it’s like for the professional players that actually play there.
“It’s an amazing opportunity – we’re really excited.”
The winners will be invited to immerse themselves in the true Wimbledon experience, competing in whites and touring the historic Grounds and Museum.