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Ghodrati shows her tennis talent

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CROYDON tennis star Lily Ghodrati, along with four other junior tennis players from Surrey were put through their paces after taking part in the Lawn Tennis Association's National Talent ID Day held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London.

The players were among 39 youngsters from across the country invited to the London session.

Ghodrati, who trains at the Parklangley Club, was joined by Emily Appleton, 13, Catherine Blayze, 14, Carla Nokes, 14, and Zack Norman, from Carshalton, who trains at Sutton Tennis Academy.

The talented youngsters showed off their skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team, who were aiming to spot future performance players, who even at such an early age were displaying the right attributes that could enable them to make a real impact on the game.

Ghodrati, who goes to Wallington High School for Girls, said: "I felt confident because I had been working quite hard. My forehand and my serve have got much better since the last time."

Norman, who goes to the John Fisher School, added: "I wasn't really nervous because it was my second one and I am a better player now. It is good to see how you compare to others. I did the best I can."

The day was overseen by LTA head of talent management, Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw, and said: "The players have performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks designed to test athletic ability, coordination, speed and agility, as well as a real natural talent and love for the sport."

Ghodrati shows her tennis talent


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