The Road to Wimbledon competition is an amazing event for Under 14s, with players across the country taking part in qualifying competitions. The finalists of each region come together to play in the national finals at the
All England Club and the matches are played on the Aorangi practice courts. Buckinghamshire had a fantastic turnout this year, with three players reaching the national finals. Charlie Harvey and Chloe Salloux reached the county finals for players with a rating of 7.1 or higher and Mille Day reached the national finals for players with a 7.1 or lower rating.
All of them had an amazing experience which included a tour of the grounds and great competition on the court, however the real highlight was supposedly the players’ party on the Tuesday. This involved the “best brownie in the world”, as well as the biggest low of the week when they were told they couldn’t have anymore!
On the court, Charlie (the youngest player in the whole tournament) put in amazing performances in his three matches, with a great 7-5 6-4 win. He was so close to progressing from his box with a brilliantly fought match, just losing in a third set tiebreak. Chloe Salloux also played some inspiring tennis and has really come on in the last year. She played three great matches, also getting a match in a third set tiebreak and two other close battles against experienced opponents. Millie Day got through the round robin phase with two wins, losing her only group match in a third set tiebreak. Millie lost in the round of 16 after a hard-fought battle.
All of the players involved will never forget the experience they had here and all of them showed and brought
to the court a “tough to beat” mentality and I am sure they will draw on these positive experiences going forward with their training and future matches.
U14 Girls County Captain