Road To Wimbledon – our blog of the tournament
We were delighted to see current member of FC**Tennis Alessandra Rugierri plus Charlotte Navin Weinstein, who will join in September, qualify for the Road To Wimbledon. So how did they get on and what was the tournament like in general? Our Performance Manager Anna Briton gave us a breakdown of the week.
‘The start of the week began with photo calls, a tour of the grounds for the players and practise sessions on the grass. The international finals consisted of a draw of 16 players who had won tournaments throughout the country over the last few months around clubs and regional centres.
This week the tournament was based on a round robin event including the finalists from the Indian tournament .Our Dukes Meadows FC tennis player Alex and her doubles partner Charlotte had tough draws but were very excited to get the chance to play on the turf at the all England club. Alex said ‘I would like to have played better but it was a great experience,it was really professional and fun.’
Charlotte had just flown in from New York so was trying to acclimatise quickly!
Alex and Charlotte lost their doubles in the quarter finals with a tight second set narrowly missing out 7-6 in the second set to the number two seeds who are ranked 2 and 6 in Great Britain u14 .
The girls said they would highly recommend trying to win through this final event, minus a few spectators you get the experience ahead of time of what it will be like to play junior Wimbledon .
Right from the beginning of the tournament to the end you get the experience of Wimbledon- the player pass, per diem per day, photo calls, prize money to be spent in the shop and access to the club and museum.
The girls missed out on getting to the quarter finals in the singles but both said the experience had been great and encouraged them to work hard and target getting to junior Wimbledon as one of their future goals.
I think the parents enjoyed the experience just as much as the children, there were a lot of proud faces over the week!
Having been at another $10,000 dollar tournament this week with one of the previous winners Freya she said to me it had been such a great tournament which she had loved!Good luck to the finalists tomorrow!’
Next stop for the Dukes Meadows team -nationals next week at Nottingham.