The last group matches were contested today and the final standings have been confirmed as each player competed in their third and final group head-to-head and now we can look ahead to an exciting main draw.
The top two players from all 32 groups, 16 boys and 16 girls have defended their ratings from potential upsets and can now look ahead to Wednesday’s main draw.
George Hedley, 14, representing Berkshire, is the top seed and 14U nationals runner-up looking to carry his momentum from Bournemouth into his Wimbledon campaign this week. The boy from Maidenhead faces Benjamin Clark from Perse School, Cambridge, who just turned 14 this month and has been playing competitively since 2006 achieving a rating of 6.2 to put him in the top 50 boy’s in his age group.
Miles McDowell, 14, from Hampshire, seeded second will meet Herts boy, Toby Nicholson, who goes to Hitchin Boy’s school and is currently ranked 30 in nations fourteen and under age group.
Hannah Brett headline’s the girls’ singles draw and the top seed from Berkshire, who celebrated her fourteenth birthday last Friday, will get her main draw campaign started on Wednesday morning against Ruth Horsburgh, 14, from Worcestershire.
Meanwhile, second seed Olivia Noble, 14, from Yorkshire, is due to play Kent’s Daisy Hugkulstone in the bottom half of the draw.
To celebrate the end of the groups stages the players get to attend a special party held in Centre Court at the Wing Field restaurant.
The quest for further silverware also began on Tuesday with the start of the doubles, and the Consolation draw will also commence on Wednesday.
Former British number one Katie O’Brien was at the All England Club today and was impressed at the high standard of tennis. “I think this event is wonderful. I’m really good friends with former champions Jade WIndley (2003) and Samantha Vickers (2005) and have trained alongside James Marsalek (2006) at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton. I’ve seen last year’s girls champion Freya Christie too and she is very good.”
O’Brien adds, “I’ve got some great memories here like playing against Kim Clijsters on the old No.2 Court and winning my first ever match in the Ladies’ singles.