Tennis ace serves Olympics double

MEDALS GLORY -- Michael Clarke in action on the court
MEDALS GLORY -- Michael Clarke in action on the court

ANDY Murray, eat your heart out! For Hucknall tennis-player Michael Clarke (pictured) succeeded where Murray failed at Wimbledon.

Michael (18), of Hayden Lane, returned from the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece with two medals.

He bagged a silver medal in the men’s singles and a bronze in the men’s doubles, alongside playing partner Shaine Lewis, of Glamorgan.

The talented teen represented Great Britain at the ten-day spectacular, which is for sportspeople with disabilities and special needs.

Michael was diagnosed with brain damage at birth and has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

He took up tennis only five years ago but has made remarkable progress, culminating in his appearance at Athens, which was the pinnacle of his career so far.

Two years ago, he won a gold and a silver medal at the National Special Olympic Games and last year, he brought home the same combination of medals from the European Special Olympics in Warsaw, Poland.

A member of West Bridgford Tennis Club, Michael was one of ten sportsmen and women from the East Midlands to win medals in Greece.

More than 180 countries and 7,000 athletes took part in the Games, with Britain recording an incredible tally of 191 medals across 17 sports.