Hucknall’s tennis prodigy Freya Christie has called on Andy Murray’s physiotherapist to help her recovery from injury in time for Wimbledon.
Seventeen-year-old Freya picked up a knee injury while competing at the US Open last September.
“It has been niggling her ever since,” said mum Carol Bloomer from the family home on Beardall Street.
“Someone recommended that she go and see Mark Bender, who has treated Andy Murray, and he pinpointed what it was straight away. He has done a fantastic job, so hopefully, she will now be fit for Wimbledon at the end of June.”
New Zealand-born Bender, whose clients also include another British tennis great, Tim Henman, is based in London, where Freya has been undergoing an intensive programme of treatment.
“I have to had to miss the French Open at the Roland Garros this month, but I am hoping to be back on court in the next couple of weeks,” said Freya. “I am planning to play in the 50,000-dollar Aegon Surbiton Trophy in London and then a Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Ilkley, Yorkshire.”
If she makes it, Freya will be tackling her third Wimbledon. She has twice been knocked out in the opening round of the girls’ singles, but only by seeds,
Last year, she reached the second round of the girls’ doubles in a match that was shown live on red-button TV. She fared even better at the Australian Open and US Open, making the quarter-finals of the doubles.
Freya ended 2014 ranked 96 on the world junior girls’ circuit. Because of her injury-enforced absence, she has dropped to 146, but at her peak, she was as high as 67.