Young tennis ace Amelia rubs shoulders with British star Tim Henman

Amelia Campbell met former British number one tennis player Tim Henman.
Amelia Campbell met former British number one tennis player Tim Henman.

Hemel Hempstead tennis prospect Amelia Campbell picked up some valuable tips and advice as she joined former British number one Tim Henman at the HSBC Road to Wimbledon National 14 and Under Challenge Finals.

The competition is the UK’s largest national junior grass court tournament and forms part of HSBC’s investment in the stars of the future.

And 14-year-old John F Kennedy School pupil Amelia – who qualified for Wimbledon after winning the Hertfordshire County Final – made it through to the second round of the girls’ doubles with partner Mizuki Sakurai.

The pair met their match in Esther Adeshina and Megan Hopton however, exiting the competition following a 1-6, 6-1 defeat after a nailbiting 10-7 tiebreak loss.

But the Langley Tennis Club star insisted that despite the defeat, arriving as a player at the All England Lawn Tennis Club this year was easily the highlight of her summer.

“Playing at Wimbledon makes me feel one step closer to being a professional and one day I hope to get to play here as one,” said Amelia, who also made the knockout stages of the singles competition after two victories in her group.

“It was amazing to play on Court 19 and it was good to have people watching and cheering you on.”

Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Henman – an ambassador for HSBC – added: “Wimbledon is the best tennis tournament in the world and it is a huge motivating factor for all the kids,”