Young tennis ace Joel impresses the LTA chiefs with a smashing performance

Joel Pierleoni in action. Picture courtesy of
Joel Pierleoni in action. Picture courtesy of

Junior tennis player Joel Pierleoni was put through his paces during the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Talent ID Day at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

The 10-year-old was among 16 youngsters from across the country invited to the London session for his age group.

Berkhamsted School pupil Joel showed off his skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team, who were aiming to spot future performance players who were displaying the right attributes that could enable them to make a real impact on the game.

Joel said: “It is really good practice to come and train at the National Tennis Centre and it’s a really interesting day.

“It is fun to do the drills and see how you have improved since last time.”

The day was overseen by LTA head of talent management, Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw.

He said: “Joel has performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks testing qualities including athletic ability, coordination, speed and agility and a real natural talent and love for the sport.

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

“The LTA is committed to developing and supporting talent, and we now have the systems in place to give players like Joel the best possible chance of reaching their potential so I look forward to seeing his progress.”