Tennis ace Jackson aims to learn from painful loss

Naomi Jackson
Naomi Jackson

Eastbourne tennis player Naomi Jackson remained positive following her defeat at the AEGON Trophy held at Devonshire Park last weekend.

Naomi, 17, lost in the qualifying rounds but admitted the defeat was a huge learning curve for her and believes she will come back even stronger from the experience.

“Sometimes you learn things in defeat,” Naomi said.

“It was a good experience for me and on another day, if I had done a few things differently, I would have won.

“It was a big tournament for me. The crowd was bigger and it’s the first time I’ve played in a match with ball kids. It was good but obviously better if I had won. I know I can play better.”

Naomi is currently ranked 110 in British tennis but was as high as 84.

Her aim this summer is to train hard and improve her ranking by competing on the British Tours and then progress to the full-time circuit as a professional player.

Following her Trophy defeat Naomi spent time working on drills with World No.70 Shelby Rogers and her coach at the David Lloyd.

She also had 15 minutes with Peter McNamara who now works with Chinese tennis. McNamara is a former ATP world doubles No.7 who won 19 doubles title and five singles and played in the period of Ivan Lendl, john McEnroe, Boris Becker and Jimmy Connors.

He told Naomi she had a world class backhand and she should not change it.

Naomi’s former coach, Naomi Cavaday, who is currently ranked 300 on the WTA tour also spent 40 minutes with Naomi explaining to her what it would take for her to become a professional tennis player.

“It is great to speak and spend time with these people and I try to learn from them. I was not sure who Peter McNamara was but he had a hit with me and he liked my back hand. It was good to hear that as it’s my favourite shot.”

Naomi added. “It is all about desire. If I want to be a pro player I have to work hard on my game every day.”