Thursday 30th September 2010 by C. Freeman
Tennis player Joe Tyler is ranked tenth in the country for his age group and has just represented England at the Under-12s Four Nations competition. Joe, who has been playing the sport for about five years, was one of only two boys to represent England in the competition.
They, along with 14 others who were playing in different age categories, played both singles and doubles games against opponents from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Joe won his bouts in singles against Scotland, the doubles against Ireland and both the singles and doubles against Wales. When the points from all the games were combined England proved victorious.
Joe, who is in Year 7, said: 'It was the first time I had represented England, it was really exciting and a great atmosphere. When you've won a match you feel really good, you feel like all the work has paid off. I'm proud of my serve, as I serve at about 85 miles per hour, I do quite a lot of work on it.'
Joe trains for two hours four times a week with his coaches, Brett McLennan and Craig Howarth at Corby's Indoor Tennis Centre where, as well as practising moves they also work on Joe's core strength, agility and fitness.Now he has his sights set on more competitions like the forthcoming grade one at the national tennis centre at Roehampton. His ultimate ambition is to be a professional tennis player:
'As you get older if you are good enough you start to do European events and I'm hoping to get to that level and maybe even turn professional. It is my goal to play at Wimbledon one day like my favourite tennis player, Rafael Nadal.'