Net gains for club youngsters as Wilton prospers

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WHILE the start of the Australian Open this week in Melbourne heralded another year of tennis action across the world, Hawick and Wilton Tennis Club is also preparing to serve up a hugely successful season.

The Wilton Park outfit is continuing to go from strength to strength, with more than 30 youngsters attending Saturday morning coaching in the high school throughout the winter months and, for the first time in many years, they have entered a team into the 12-and-under league.

The club is also looking to attain ‘clubmark’, a quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections, as well as upgrading their facilities.

The gents’ team, which previously fell by the wayside, is being resurrected this season under the watchful eye of captain Ryan Scott, with Danielle Telfer leading the ladies.

On the court, two local youngsters are making their mark. High school pupil Ethan Simpson, who won the Selkirk under-16 tournament and who has been an integral part of the junior coaching set-up, recently gained his level one coaching qualification and is currently working hard towards his level two.

Harris Brogan is another who has been hitting the high spots. He has won the east of Scotland, south of Scotland and Border confined, was runner-up in three of the five main north of England tournaments and took custody of the Elliott Cup at his own club tournament.

A primary four pupil at Trinity, he trains twice a week at Craiglockhart as part of the south and east of scotland elite performance squad.

He said: “It’s hard being told what to do all the time but it’s really enjoyable and I’ve made lots of new friends.

“It’s good that all the time and effort that Belinda Arres, Lesley Thomas and Ryan Scott have spent with me is paying off.”