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Wimbledon dream come true
3:20pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
PRINCES Risborough's Oscar Glenister experienced an opportunity of a lifetime this week as he took to the lawns of Wimbledon alongside former British number one Tim Henman as part of the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge Finals.
The 14-year-old, who qualified for Wimbledon after he won the Buckinghamshire County Finals, won one out of three matches in Group P, before being knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Boys consolation draw.
Some 20,000 children from all over Britain competed throughout the summer, with the top 128 boys and girls earning the chance to compete at the National Finals.
And the Halton Tennis Club star revealed arriving as a player at the All England Lawn Tennis Club this year was certainly the highlight of his summer.
He said: “It was really good to get the opportunity to play at Wimbledon and it is a great experience for me.
“The tournament has been challenging but a lot of fun and it was a privilege to play on professional courts.”
Glenister even got the chance to meet Henman as he spent time with the players, signed autographs, and posed for photos with the finalists.
Henman said: “The excitement of coming through the gates is still the same for me. It has the best tennis tournament in the world and it is a huge motivating factor for all the kids.
“You see them out here on the grass where the greats of the game played and it is inspiring and that is where Wimbledon plays a huge part in generating the sport’s interest.”
The HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 & Under Challenge is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.
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