LTA training for ace duo from Dacorum

Joel Pierleoni and Kiana Mokhtari impressed at the Lawn Tennis Association's National Talent ID Day at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.
Joel Pierleoni and Kiana Mokhtari impressed at the Lawn Tennis Association's National Talent ID Day at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

Two talented youngsters from Dacorum were put through their paces at the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Talent ID Day at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

Berkhamsted Tennis Club member Joel Pierleoni and Hemel’s Kiana Mokhtari, who trains at Langley Tennis Club, showed off their skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team.

Berkhamsted School pupil Joel said: “I always find the fitness test really fun. The match play at the end of the day is good as well.

“And I like getting tips from the coaches that are there. They really help me.”

Kiana added: “It was my first national ID day so I was really excited, but a bit nervous.

“There were lots of awesome players there so it was good playing against them.”

The day was overseen by LTA head of talent management, Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw from the 10-year-olds.

“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,” he said.

“It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented players give it their all.”