Surprise exposure on TV added a welcome, new dimension to the Wimbledon experience of Hucknall tennis star Freya Christie.
For her girls’ doubles, second round match was shown live on BBC, as part of the channel’s red-button service.
Fans, family and friends were able to follow Freya as she and British partner Isabelle Wallace put up a fine showing against the number three seeds on Court 18.
Using her power and booming serve, Freya was in particularly fine form as the pair took Naiktha Bains, of Australia, and Tornado Alicia Black, of the USA, to a first-set tie-break, which they narrowly lost 9-7.
The second set was close too, until Bains and Black, who is ranked the number four junior in the world, wrapped up a 7-6 6-4 victory.
Freya’s display enhanced her growing reputation. She also acquitted herself well in the girls’ singles before losing to Marketa Vondrousova, of the Czech Republic, who went on to reach the semi-finals before losing only to the eventual champion, Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.
Globetrotting Freya, of Beardall Street, is now ranked 83rd in the ITF’s official junior world rankings. Her next big tournament is the US Open towards the end of August.