BRITISH under-16 tennis champion, Arbroath’s Jonny O’Mara, is currently playing in Sweden where he has posted three good wins at under-18 International Tennis Federation level.
He received the fantastic news this week of his selection for the Great Britain team to play in the European Under-16 Winter Cup.
This is being held in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus, at the end of this month. Jonny will also have the chance to learn what it is like to be a top pro as the captain of the team is Greg Rudeski, ex world number four, who will be both taking the GB team for training and travelling with them to Minsk.
Jonny was extremely pleased to receive the news of his selection and said: “It is a great opportunity for me to train with a player such as Greg Rudeski and I hope to learn a lot from him during the tournament.”
Jonny was also pleased to receive a boost to his training setup when Liz McColgan rejoined his team this week.
During December, the young tennis star received the news that part of his 2011 schedule would, for the first time, involve the grass season with a number of grass tournaments being played culminating in an appearance at Junior Wimbledon.
This has been Jonny’s goal for a number of years and he was understandably delighted.
He commented: “All being well I would like to think I could win a few rounds at least during this coming year, then use that experience to give it a real go the following two years as I will still be young enough to take part, although my real goal is still senior Wimbledon.”
At the end of last year, Jonny attended the Commonwealth Games Awards night in Glasgow where he received an award as one of the top five junior sportspeople in Scotland.
This was his second award within a very short period of time, as he had previously been voted Sporting Youth of the Year at a ceremony in Dundee.
He also travelled to London as a guest of Andy Murray at the Tennis Masters Finals and met top players Rafa Nadal and Andy Roddick.