Rising star John is tipped for the top

A TALENTED teenage tennis player from the Morpeth area has been highlighted as one of the best prospects in the country.

John Boden, 16, who trains at Northumberland Tennis Academy, is included on the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) Aegon FutureStars programme following a successful year on court, and will now receive added support from the organisation.

The programme recognises and supports some of the best juniors in the country based on the individual player’s talent ID assessment for players aged 13 and under, and rankings for all other age groups.

The talented youngster has been included as part of the 2013 intake of players and will be among a group of 486 top juniors from around the country who all receive varying levels of funding and support from the LTA.

Leon Smith, LTA Head of Men’s and Women’s Tennis, said: “We are committed to identifying and supporting our most talented players and the Aegon FutureStars programme is central to this process for young players who are starting out in the game.

“It’s a long journey for any player hoping to make an impact on the game but we hope that with the right support, these players are given the best possible chance of reaching their full potential.”

British Women’s Number Two Heather Watson added: “This programme identifies the most talented young players in the country and so it’s great that John has been chosen to join the squad.

“I hope he uses this support to help him achieve his dream of playing at the highest level.”

For more information, visit www.lta.org.uk