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Holly BennettFriday 30 May 2014
Holly is now 16 and has been playing tennis competitively since she was around 8 years of age. Holly started hitting a ball on the Kingston tennis courts when she was five, whilst her older brothers (NOT Tommy I hasten to add) were being coached. The coach identified that she had a natural talent and potential, so that was the start of it!
Holly developed and trained at Brighton Health & Racquet Club, Falmer, for six years, working with quality coaches and players of similar ability. Playing locally and nationally, whilst competing in grade 2, 3, and 4 tournaments, as well as representing Sussex regularly in county tournaments, Holly gained experience and improvement during this time which helped equip her with good social skills.
Two years ago, Holly decided to join Southdown Tennis Club to take the opportunity to play for the ladies 1st team and last year helped them achieve promotion to the Regional division, which has enabled the team to play at a higher level. This season, they have played (and won) at Queens Club, London.
Holly thoroughly enjoys her club tennis, both singles and doubles and also now plays as number one in the David Lloyd under 18’s for Eastbourne/ Southdown.
Holly now coaches “young juniors” at Southdown whilst still training in squads and competing regularly. She is currently both Ladies singles and doubles champion at Southdown and has “collected” a good selection of silverware in her eight years of competitions.
In addition to her tennis, Holly plays netball to a high standard in the Sussex Downs Academy and recently they won their league of Sussex sixth form colleges.
Holly was a ball-kid for the ATP Tennis Masters at the O2 Arena in 2012, where the top eight male players compete in the final tournament of the season. Over 2000 “kids” are assessed and a final 30 are selected based on their skills and overall abilities. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Federer and Murray was one of the highlights of her life so far. Holly was also lucky enough to play doubles with Greg Rusedski when he was invited to “open” the bubble at Southdown.
She continues to love playing tennis and will want to use her sporting ability in pursuing a future at university either in the UK or overseas.