Royal Grammar School

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Kirstin's road to Wimbledon

Kirstin's road to Wimbledon

Year 8 student Kirstin McLeod set off on a journey this summer which would lead to the grass courts of Wimbledon where she would compete in the national finals of the Road to Wimbledon competition.

The Road to Wimbledon competition begins at clubs, parks and schools up and down the country, with the winners of these preliminary competitions going through to the county finals. From there the winner of the county round is then invited to play in the national finals, held at Wimbledon for 48 boys and 48 girls (one from each county) as well as four lucky losers.

Kirstin won the competition here at RGS and went on to play in the county rounds. She had a tough competition, with three well-contested matches, but was the eventual winner and Northumberland's entrant for the finals.

Kirstin had a fantastic experience playing on the grass courts at Wimbledon. She finished first in her qualifying group to go through to the main draw, and narrowly lost in a tie-break at the last sixteen stage. This was still a fantastic result for Kirstin.

In the doubles, Kirstin teamed up with a girl from Durham and Cleveland, and the pair reached the semi-finals, losing out in a very close match which lasted three hours.

As well as the amazing tennis matches, Kirstin got to meet plenty of other tennis players and enjoyed the players' party as well as having a training session with  ex-British number one, Tim Henman.