RETURNING for the first time since 2019, the LTA’s Junior Home Nations Tennis Championships welcomes the highest level of British Junior competitors – and players from Penarth are among the selected few to represent Wales.
Outside of the Commonwealth Youth Games, the Junior Home Nations is the only opportunity for young, Welsh tennis stars to represent their country – and six promising local players will follow in the footsteps of international tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray to compete for a Junior Home Nations Title.
The elite tennis tournament for ages 10 to 18 will take place at Corby Tennis Centre from Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26.
The 16 players selected to represent Wales – with six of the players from Cardiff and Penarth – have a lot to live up to: Team Wales has successfully won the past two junior tournaments in Belfast and Wrexham in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Following such success, many of the players are more excited than ever to return to the competitive court.
12-year-old competitor Evan Lendum from Penarth, is thrilled to be representing Wales. He said: “I am very excited to be part of Team Wales in the Junior Home Nations, which is such a unique and special event in the tennis calendar.
Mark Lewis, Competition and Events Manager at Tennis Wales, said: “The Junior Home Nations is a fantastic opportunity for young, Welsh players to showcase the talent we have in this great nation.
“We’re excited to see everyone bring their a-game and hopefully we will come away with a win for the third year in a row.
“It’s incredible to see the talent coming out of Cardiff and the surrounding areas. The players are a credit to their clubs, coaches, and nation. With the players attending from a variety of clubs across the Cardiff region, it’s a great opportunity to come together for Wales.”
The Junior Home Nations competition has around 50 players participating each year. The job of hosting the event rotates annually around each of the four nations, with this year being England’s turn to do so after Wales hosted in 2019.