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Inter District Tennis Team Championships

Inter District Tennis Team Championships

Tennis champs

A trio of Kilgraston girls hope to follow in Andy Murray’s footsteps after being selected to play in the Scottish Inter District Tennis Team Championships.

Emilia Thompson and sisters Arietta and Alexa Manganiello will represent Tayside at the six-day competition held over two weekends next month.

The girls, all sports scholars, will take on the best players in Scotland in their age group, starting on Friday 4th April. They will be competing on home ground in the same competition where Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray and his older brother, Jamie, cut their teeth as tennis playing youngsters.

The girls were chosen for the Tayside team following a series of trials in Dundee that brought together the most talented players in the district.

They followed up their selection with a victory over the North East in a challenge match in Stonehaven, near Aberdeen earlier this month. Emilia (Lower 4th) and Alexa (Upper 3rd) won all five rubbers for the girls Under 13 team including two singles each and a doubles. Arietta, (Lower 5th) who was selected for the Under 17 side, also won her matches.

Robin Nisbet, Tayside District Head Coach, said: “Arietta, Emilia and Alexa have worked really hard at their tennis this year. Their selection to the Tayside District team is a testament to the hours of practice they put into their game each week. I was very impressed with the girls’ performance at the recent challenge match against the North East. It was great to see the girls working well as a team and supporting each other both on and off the court. I think they’re great role models for Kilgraston and they integrated well with the rest of the Tayside team. I know they’re enjoying using the school’s facilities to practise together. I hope other girls in the area will be inspired by their success.”

The Dundee-based LTA performance coach said the girls are part of a 16-strong squad of eight boys and eight girls and will be taking on teams from throughout Scotland during the Inter District Championships.

Robin added: “Tennis is a great game for girls to be involved in and brings enjoyment on many levels whether it’s played competitively or for fun. It’s fantastic that Kilgraston has fielded three players for this year’s team and I hope to see more talented girls coming through the school’s tennis academy in the next few years.”

Kilgraston’s Director of Sport, Pauline Stott, said: “It’s wonderful to see hard work paying off for Arietta, Emilia and Alexa. They’re dedicated to tennis and to represent your district in any sport is very impressive. This is an extremely proud moment for them and we wish the girls all the best in the forthcoming season.”

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