Rising tennis star Freya Christie given Wimbledon wild card

Freya Christie 14U - in action at the AEGON British Junior National Championships 2010, held at the NTC, Roehampton, London - 09/08/10

Freya Christie 14U - in action at the AEGON British Junior National Championships 2010, held at the NTC, Roehampton, London - 09/08/10

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Hucknall’s rising tennis star Freya Christie is hoping for a major breakthrough in her young career after she was granted a Wimbledon wild card.

Freya (15) will take part in the main draw of Wimbledon juniors this weekend for the first time.

She will find out who her opponent is when the draw is made today and will either be in action just 24 hours later on Saturday on one of the outside courts or on Monday, depending on the draw.

Freya’s mum Carol Bloomer said she and her sons, Elliott, Niall, Jevaise, will be at Wimbledon supporting Freya for her big match this weekend.

She said: “We are delighted. We found out this week that Freya has received a wild card so it is great that the LTA are backing her so strongly. I am a little scared for her but immensely proud – she is looking forward to it and will be playing in front of a big crowd and it will stand her in good stead for the future.

“She has worked so hard and this is a wonderful reward for her and we are so grateful to supporters like Nottinghamshire County Council, which helps with vital funding for her as it is expensive to travel to different tournaments and every bit of financial support really helps us.”

Freya, previously trained at the National Tennis Centre in London, which is also used by British star Andy Murray, competes at under 18s level, and has a junior world ranking which means she competes against considerably older players, and has played at tournaments in Montenegro and Thailand.

She has moved back to Nottinghamshire recently and trains at the Nottingham Performance Academy.

She won the ITF (under 18s) tournament this spring, was runner-up in the British Tour Masters in Nottingham, and received her first women’s WTA world ranking points at the 50k event at Nottingham earlier this month.

She also won the Road to Wimbledon tournament when she was 12, which was played on the practice courts at Wimbledon. But this weekend will be her first taste of the main Wimbledon tournament itself.

The teenager is one of three teenage tennis starlets in the county who receive funding from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Rising Stars scheme.

Freya, Dominic West and Olivia (Livvy) Tomkins all received £400 this financial year from the county council to assist with training, transport and equipment costs.

CounJohn Knight, committee chairman for culture, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This is great news that Freya has received a wild card to play in the juniors at Wimbledon for the first time.

“Rising Stars aims to support some of our top young athletes so they can concentrate on their sport and we wish Freya well at Wimbledon – what fantastic experience for her future career too.”