Siblings make an impressive racket
5:00pm Friday 14th September 2012 in Sport
Pembrokeshire schoolgirl Elinor Beazley has been selected to play tennis for Wales.
The 11-year-old will be part of a squad heading to Scotland for a tri-nations event this coming weekend.
Elinor, who is a member of Haverfordwest Tennis Club, is one of just two girls chosen to play in the fourstrong under 12s squad against teams from Ireland and Scotland.
The youngster, who started playing tennis aged six, trains twice a week at Swansea Tennis Academy.
She said: “I’m thrilled to be picked to play for Wales.
It’s going to be a fantastic experience.”
The current under 12s Pembrokeshire County Champion, with 27 tennis trophies to her name so far, has also represented South Wales this year in the County Cup.
Elinor, who is a pupil at Ysgol Y Preseli, also plays cricket for Pembrokeshire.
Her brother Tom, aged 14, has also been making a name for himself after qualifying for the National Finals of the Road to Wimbledon competition.
Tomwon the Haverfordwest qualifier and was runner-up at the regional event in Cardiff, which gained him a place at the finals. It is the first time a Pembrokeshire player has qualified for the national event. Tom spent a week playing tennis on grass and took part in a two-hour training squad led by Tim Henman.
Tomsaid: “It was a fantastic week and I got to play a tiebreak against Tim Henman, which was just brilliant. I’d never played on grass before and I really enjoyed it.”
Tomhas won five junior doubles events this year, including an under 18 mixed title playing with his sister. He was a runner-up in two further doubles events, including boys’ 14s doubles at the Torbay Junior Open, which is one of the biggest junior tournaments in Britain.