Cumberland junior’s set to make a racket in the tennis world

A promising tennis player from West Hampstead was put through his paces after taking part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Talent ID Day.

Tom Skinner, 10, who plays at Cumberland Tennis Club and goes to University College School, was among 55 juniors from across the country who were invited to the session at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

The players showed off their skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team, who were aiming to spot future performance players.

Skinner said: “There are some physical tests but I love the match-play tests as well because it is really fun.”

The day was overseen by the LTA’s head of talent management Andrew Lewandowski. He said: “The players performed really well and showed lots of ability across a number of different tasks designed to test athletic ability, co-ordination, speed and agility, as well as a natural talent and love for the sport.

“It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented players give it their all.

“The LTA is committed to developing and supporting talent, and we now have the systems in place to give players like them the best possible chance of reaching their potential.”