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WIMBLEDON DREAMER AGED EIGHT

PUBLISHED: 16:56 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 23 August 2010

BOY CHAMP: Ewen Reader – a tennis ace in the making.

BOY CHAMP: Ewen Reader – a tennis ace in the making.

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD tennis ace has his sights sets on playing at Wimbledon in the future after his triple success in regional tournaments this season. Ewen Reader, of Lynton Road South, Gravesend, was crowned the Under-10s Gravesend Tennis Club Champion on

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD tennis ace has his sights sets on playing at Wimbledon in the future after his triple success in regional tournaments this season.

Ewen Reader, of Lynton Road South, Gravesend, was crowned the Under-10s Gravesend Tennis Club Champion on Saturday.

He was also runner up in the Kent Tennis Championships held on Friday, September 5 at Beckenham Cricket Club, Foxgrove Road, Beckenham.

Two weeks previously he was crowned Gravesham Under-12 Doubles Champion with his 12-year-old brother Callum at Gravesham Tennis Club, in Donald Briggs Drive, Gravesend.

Callum also found success at last Saturdays' tournament winning both the Gravesend Tennis Club Under-12 and Under-14 Championships.

Ewen said: "I like playing the matches because you are moving around all of the time, I don't like sitting at home watching TV, I'd rather be playing tennis.

"I like all of the top players like Hewitt, Nadal and Federer. Hopefully I'll be as good as them in the future and I'd like to play at Wimbledon some day.

"I have got a lot of medals and trophies from competitions that I have won and I hope I can keep winning more."

The Cecil Road School pupil trains 15 hours a week and is a member of Gravesham Tennis Club and also trains with the Kent team at Bromley Tennis Centre, Avebury Road, Newstead and at Maidstone Academy.

His dad Stuart, 45, a financial consultant, says he is proud of his son's achievements.

He said: "He doesn't need any encouragement. He's out practising hitting balls against the wall outside the house before he goes to school every morning.

"If anything his mum and I have to encourage him to go and play on the Play Station or do the other things that normal kids do.


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